Siang'a speaks on Gor Mahia success

Ex-international says the success of Gor Mahia was built on the foundation of youthful players he recruited in 2009 adding that they deserve to win title

Former international James Siang'a is happy that the foundation he laid at Gor Mahia is finally paying off with the club on the verge of winning this year’s Kenya Premier League title.

The Kenyan legend is credited with having identified most of the core players at Gor Mahia but was never given a chance to run the club.

“In 2009, when I took over the club my focus was on bringing in young players who could win the league in four or five years. Because the club could not afford big name players, we had to go for immature and talented ones but who needed time to deliver.

“That is why we got the likes of Jerim Onyango, George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo, Edwin Lavatsa, Musa Mohammed, Eric Masika and the rest,” Siang'a told Goal.

The coach says he was not shocked when fans refused to give him time to actualize his dream pointing out that this is normal at the club.

“I had worked with Gor Mahia in the past and knew the nature of their fans. That is why I signed a one year contract. But I am happy that I laid the foundation that has brought this success. They should have won it last year but the trophy eluded them due to bad luck."