Gor Mahia boss explains how Omalla has coped with failed Algerian move

10th February 2024

Omalla was on the verge of sealing a six-month loan transfer to JS Saoura but the deal broke down.

Benson Omala. PHOTO| SportPesa
Benson Omala. PHOTO| SportPesa
  • Omalla had received an offer to join JS Saoura on a six-month loan deal.
  • Gor Mahia would pocket 3.2 million shillings for the transfer.
  • The Kenyan international was also offered a tantalizing package that included a net salary Ksh 1,312,720 per month, a house, a personal car, match bonuses and medical insurance

Gor Mahia manager Jonathan McKinstry has explained how Benson Omala has coped with the failed move to Algerian side JS Saoura.

Omala was on the verge of sealing a six-month loan transfer to the JS Saoura that would have seen him earn a monthly net pay of $8,000 (approximately Ksh 1,298, 817) but the deal did not go through.

The 22-year-old was also expected to enjoy other benefits including access to a paid medical cover, a house and a personal car. 

A few days after the saga, McKinstry has now come forward and stated that the unfortunate events that saw Omala miss out on the opportunity has not affected his commitment to the club at all.  

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“He has been back in the last couple of days. He is focused. He is determined and wants to do well for his team, friends and for the fans. We are not worried about Benson and his chance will come,” he commented.

McKinstry added that the club gave the former Western Stima forward a few days break to get over the disenchantment. 

Moreover, the Northern Irish tactician explained the main reason why the deal that would have seen K’Ogalo receive a $20,000 (approximately Ksh 3,274,044) transfer fee did not materialize. 

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According to him, Omala did not join JS Saoura because of the lack of goodwill from some individuals who were involved in talks.

“I still think there were some people on the other side of the deal that were trying to get things rushed but for us we were insistent that we couldn’t be rushed.

We wanted to make sure the paperwork was correct and that the right details were on the paperwork. By the time all of that was correct, it seemed it was too late. But it is better to do a thing correctly than do it fast,” elucidated the 38-year-old.

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Finally, McKinstry who took the managerial position at Gor Mahia in 2022, noted that everyone at the club felt sorry for Omala. 

“Obviously we are very disappointed for him. As a club, the numbers are something that we got through that we are happy with that we could allow him to go and pursue that opportunity” he divulged.