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Kiongera fled competition, claims Gor official

Gor Mahia claims that striker Paul Kiongera quit the club due to fear of competition in the attacking line up.

Kiongera, who joined the Kenyan Premier League Champions on a one year loan last January, left the club and returned to KCB despite his name being included on the club’s 26 man-list  set to take part in the Champions League next month.

No surprises

Gor’s vice chairman Faiz Maga said the club was not surprised by the decision, coming weeks after another dependable striker Edwin Lavatsa refused to sign a new deal and instead joined Algerian club MC Algier.

Lavatsa and Kiongera are known to be close. It is believed that Lavatsa’s decision to leave Gor may have influenced Kiongera to move back to KCB.

“I think him leaving is not strange. He may have looked at the squad and seen chances of him getting regular football looking slim,” said Maga.

Assured of security

The bankers lost the 2013 footballer of the year Jacob Keli and Clifford Alwanga to AFC leopards and Tusker respectively.

Mata said Kiongera may have returned to “a team where he felt secure.”

However, KCB coach Juma Abdallah said the player returned voluntarily and was welcomed since he was still part of the team.

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