Gor Mahia boss Johnathan McKinstry has denied any truth in the rumors linking striker Benson Omalla with a move to Algerian giants USM Alger. The CAF Confederation Cup reigning champions have reportedly shown interest in signing Omalla, who is currently the top scorer in the 23/24 Football Kenya Federation Premier League. However, McKinstry clarified that no club has approached Gor Mahia about the striker’s transfer, casting doubt on the transfer gossip that has been circulating.
Over the weekend, a football journalist claimed that Omalla could soon be heading to USM Alger, stating the financial details of the potential deal. According to the journalist, Omalla would receive a monthly salary of $20,000, a signing bonus of $100,000, and Gor Mahia would receive a transfer fee of $50,000 triggering the release clause in his contract. However, McKinstry confirmed that no contact has been made with Omalla and that Gor Mahia has not received any offers so far.
This is not the first time Omalla has been linked with a move away from Gor Mahia. He previously spent a six-month loan spell at Swedish Division One side FC Linkoping City but terminated his contract prematurely due to frustration and being played out of position. In the 22/23 season, Omalla had an impressive performance, scoring 26 goals as Gor Mahia claimed their 20th title. He has also started the 23/24 campaign strongly with 9 goals after the first leg.
Meanwhile, USM Alger is currently struggling in the Algerian league, sitting in 13th place out of 16 teams with 11 points from nine matches. They are 18 points behind league leaders MC Alger and only five points above the relegation places.