Bernard Opondo reveals to Goal.com that he has documents of the deal signed between the player and K'ogalo officials and rubbishes claims that he is home sickEXCLUSIVE
By Otieno Otieno
In a new twist of events, the agent of Brazilian striker Giovanni Rodriguez has come out fighting insisting that Gor Mahia have to honor his two year contract.
The agent, Bernard Opondo, has also denied claims by Gor coach Zradvko Logarusic that his client is home sick and needs to sort out some personal problems at home.
He accused some unnamed Gor officials of being behind a move to kick out Rodriguez but insisted the player is going nowhere.
“The player has a two year contract which Gor are obliged to honor. He does not have a problem at all. I would have known because I am always with him. I have a copy with details of the contract he signed,” the agent told Goal.com.
“I was directly involved in bringing Rodriguez to Kenya after agreeing with his agent Diego Armando back in Brazil. I have informed Armando what has transpired and they are very disappointed.”
He hit out at Logarusic for handling the matter in an unprofessional manner. “The way Logarusic is behaving, he cannot even handle a division four side in Brazil. He appears to be in a hurry to get rid of the player without giving him time which is wrong.”
Opondo said the agreement they had with Gor was to give Rodriguez at least three months to work on his fitness level and a decision on his future would only be made after he has started playing for the club.
“We all knew he was unfit after staying out of competitive football for a while and he requested for time to work on his fitness which was acceptable to everyone. We don’t understand the sudden turn of events.”
As exclusively reported by Goal.com, Gor Mahia rejected the Brazilian on grounds that he was unfit to play for the side and he had some personal issues he wanted to sort out back home.
“After watching the player in the last one week, it is our opinion as the technical bench that he will not fit in our system. He needs time to work on his fitness and, perhaps, we can consider him when the new transfer window opens."
“Moreover, we have also discovered after interacting with him that he has some personal problems he needs to work on and this means he has to go back home before he can have the necessary focus to play football. He is also home-sick,” said Logarusic.