Joash Onyango – Gor Mahia defender signs for Simba SC.

Joash Onyango aka "Berlin Wall" - VoR Sports

Gor Mahia Assistant Captain Joash Onyango has completed his transfer move to Tanzania Premier League champions Simba SC. The 27-year-old former  Western Stima now joins other former teammates at the club. Among other clubs who have switched sides to the Tanzanian club are Francis Kahata and Meddie Kagere. Having sealed the transfer, the immediate former assistant captain will now join Francis Kahata and Meddie Kagere. In the ending season, the duo helped the champions to win another domestic cup as they won the league again.

With Onyango’s transfer, Gor Mahia has now lost a total number of four players since the transfer window was opened. Leading the pack of those who have changed sides from the club includes, David Mapigano, Boniface Omondi, and Dickson Ambudo. The Tanzanian duo of Mapigano and Ambudo joined Azam FC and Dodoma Jiji in Tanzania. Winger Boniface Omondi joined the Kenyan Premier League side Wazito FC. The four key players formed a better part of the squad that helped Gor Mahia to clinch their 19th league title.

Besides Joash Onyango and the three others who have switched sides from Gor Mahia, their captain Kenneth Muguna is also rumoured to be on his way out. TRHeir exists will mean that the club wsill have to go out of their way and shop for new talents as they aim to defend their league title next season. Gor Mahia will also be competing in the CAF Champions League  in the 2020/21 season.

The Tanzanian curse – will Joash Onyango survive?

Joash Onyango’s exit further confirms what one would refer to as the Tanzanian curse. In the past three years, Simba SC has managed to rob Gor Mahia key players. In 2018, immediately after the conclusion of the SportPesa Super Cup in Nakuru, the Tanzanian side signed Meddie Kagere from Kogalo. The Tanzanian giants again knocked when they managed to sign Francis Kahata. Kahata had helped the club to reach the first-ever quarter-final of the CAF Confederation Cup in 2019.

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Led by Simba SC, the Tanzanian clubs have formed a norm of raiding Kenyan teams for the best talents whenever they wish. Azam FC and Yanga are among the clubs that have formed a norm of taping great talents from Kenyan clubs.

By all measures, Tanzanian clubs are financially well off than their Kenyan counterparts. Their well developed means of income gives them an upper hand in terms of sourcing for talents. As oppose to their counterparts in other East African nations, Tanzanian clubs have as well masatered how to generate their own funds internally. Azam FC for instance, controls the production of Azam Energy drink which there off makes them more financially stable.

The Gor Mahia defender is howevedr not the first Kenyan to play at a Tanzanian club. During his first stint in the Tanzanian league, Francis Kahata joined other Kenyans who had flooped at the league. This made his stint a very short one before he could later move to FK Tirana of Albana. After being offloaded by the Albanian club, he came back to Gor Mahia to resque his career before finally signing for Simba in 2019.

Other player such as Geoorge ‘Blackberry’ have played in the league and flopped. Its on that line that many people are holding their breathe to see how ‘Berlin Wall’ will perform.

The transfer follows the re-election of Rachier as Gor Mahia a few weeks ago –

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