By Zakary Oteno
Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Gor Mahia have made a quick retreat and rescinded the decision by tactician Zdravko Logarusic to send packing Brazilian acquisition Giovanni Rodriguez.
Club chairman Ambrose Rachiel exclusively revealed to Goal.com on Monday that members had agreed during a Special General Meeting (SGM) held on Sunday at City Stadium, to give the Brazilian a chance to prove himself “and improve on his match fitness before a decision can be made on his future.”
“He (Rodriguez) is still here with us and remains in club's plans for the coming season. We have decided to give him more time to work on his fitness level. We have also advised the coach to organize for him to play a few matches with the rest of the squad so that we observe him.”
Rodriguez's agent Bernard Opondo, who attended the meeting, confirmed similar news. “Yes…the club has decided to give the player time to prove his worth. I thank the management for solving this issue in a very amicable way.”
“We are now going to put much of our concentration in working on his fitness level and can confirm that Rodriguez will be at Nyayo Gymnasium on Monday (starting 4pm) training hard. Rodriguez is a very skillful player and with the kind of time he has been given...he will definitely prove it."
The stormy meeting also agreed that the final decision on the player will be communicated by Rachier. Rodriguez's arrival in K’ogalo has been marred in controversy with Logarusic openly stating that he did not have space for the player in the club's squad for 2013 season.
“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.