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Kenyan Footballers Drawn to Lesser-Known Taiwan Premier League

On the 11th of April 2024, Gor Mahia attacking midfielder Enock Wanyama, along with several other players, made the move to play in the Taiwanese Premier League. Enock Wanyama, known for his skill as an attacking midfielder, made the surprising decision to join the relatively unknown Taiwanese team Leopard Cat FC, despite expectations that he would join Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

Alongside Wanyama, central defender Nicodemus Onyango also joined Leopard Cat on April 30, 2023. Wanyama returned home in January to fulfill his dream of joining Gor Mahia, while Onyango remained in Taiwan to continue playing in the Taiwanese league.

Other Kenyan players who traveled to Taiwan in January, such as David Owino, Erickson Mulu, Brian Mzee, and Muthoka Maingi, faced challenges in obtaining clearance and ultimately returned to Nairobi. Owino, a General Service Unit (GSU) officer, faces uncertainty about being cleared by the police service to play abroad.

Despite these challenges, the allure of playing abroad is a dream shared by many Kenyan players. Onyango emphasized the appeal of playing in Taiwan, citing good infrastructure, timely payment, and clubs that prioritize player welfare.

Mzee, who also trained in Taiwan for a month, acknowledged the quality of the infrastructure and looks forward to returning in July to prepare for the new season. Wanyama expressed his belief that Taiwanese clubs offer attractive packages and facilities, describing the quality of the playing surfaces, gyms, medical care, match attendance, and the potential for more Kenyan footballers to make the move to Taiwan.

The players’ experiences in Taiwan have showcased the appeal of playing in this lesser-known footballing destination, with the potential for more Kenyan players to seek opportunities there in the future.

Exclusive: Cómo se cayó el trato de Benson Omalla con Argelia en el último minuto

Benson Omalla was set to make a transfer to an Algerian club, with Gor Mahia expected to receive 3.2 million shillings for the transfer. In addition to the transfer fee, Omalla was offered a package including a monthly net salary of Ksh 1,312,720, a house, a personal car, match bonuses, and medical insurance cover. The proposed transfer agreement would have seen Omalla join the Algerian club on a six-month loan deal, with Gor Mahia receiving a transfer fee of USD 20,000 (approximately Ksh 3,274,235). Despite initial talks and receiving approval from the head coach, the deal fell through as the agreed-upon deadlines were not met.

The Algerian club, JS Saoura, indicated that they would only make the payment after completing the deal on the Transfer Matching System and after Omalla had undergone medical tests. However, at the time when payment was expected, Omalla was still in Kenya and played in Gor Mahia’s game against Kenya Police on February 3. Following the collapse of the deal, Gor Mahia expressed their well wishes to Omalla and the hope for a good relationship between the two clubs in the future. However, the Algerian club expressed disappointment at the delay and hinted at the possibility of reconsidering the transfer after the season.

Ultimately, the deal did not proceed as planned, with the Algerian club expressing frustration over the extended decision-making process and the missed opportunity. They conveyed their best wishes to Omalla for the remainder of the season, leaving the door open for a potential future transfer.