Gor lines up fresh deal to keep Williamson for three more years
Gor Mahia will table an improved long term offer to their club head coach Bobby Williamson once the Scot returns to Nairobi on Saturday from the team’s Oloitoktok training base.
The team is currently undergoing residential training under the hawk eyes of the Scot at the remote town, located at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro, 242 kilometres south east of Nairobi.
Club vice-chairman Faiz Magak said that they will be tabling a three year-deal offer to the highly sought after tactician with the aim of tying him down to the club.
Williamson’s contract with the league champions runs out in June this year after penned a one-year deal last June but Magak was unequivocal that the bespectacled former Uganda Cranes coach has his future secured at K’Ogalo.
“He (Williamson) is doing a great job. He has the focus, commitment and professionalism. His heart and soul is with the great club of Gor Mahia and that is why he is busy getting the boys in shape ahead of the new season.
“When the team returns to Nairobi, we will begin talks ,” he said.
Should Williamson put pen to paper on the new deal, it will stretch his stay at the Kenyan glamour club until June 2017.
The 52-year-old tactician helped propel Gor to their maiden league title in 18 years last term and has in the recent past stated his unwavering commitment to the club.
However this has done little to quell rumours regarding his long term future with reports of interest to lure him rife in Tanzania.
“I am happy here. Kudos to the boys for winning the league title. It was worthwhile. I want to assure that Gor will no longer wait for such a long time.
We have to make it our hobby,” he said back in November when he led the side to their league triumph.
Tanzanian league side Yanga have made contact with Gor inquiring about the availability of the former West Bromwich Albion, FC Rangers and Uganda Cranes coach and the move by the Kenyan giants is seen as a way to fend off interested suitors.
The Scot was a major success with the Cranes helping them bag four Cecafa title between 2008 and 2012.
At the same time, Magak dismissed reports that the club is courting its former head coach Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno to make a return to the technical bench for a second spell.
Magak said that “they had made no contact” with the former international and are contented with the make-up of current team’s technical bench.
Meanwhile, talks between the club and Uganda Cranes holding midfielder Geoffrey “Baba” Kizito are at an advanced stage.
The player jetted into the country on Tuesday and held talks with clubs’ hierarchy over a deal.
“He did put his requests on the table and we also gave him our side of the bargain and we are optimistic of thrashing out a deal soon,” he said.
Kizito joins the growing list of Ugandan players at Gor who includes attack jewel Dan Sserunkuma, burly centre half Israel Emuge and left back Godfrey Walusimbi.
Should the parties agree to a deal, Kizito will re unite with Williamson, his former Cranes coach.