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Mieno at crossroads over dream move to Gor Mahia

Want-away Tusker midfielder Humphrey Mieno is between a rock and a hard place even as he pushes for a move to Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.

Mieno’s head has been turned by alleged interest from Kogallo and has in the past one week unsuccessfully tried to push for a move.

The lanky playmaker, who previously turned out for Sofapaka , AFC Leopards and Azam in Tanzania, was last week spotted at the federation’s offices where he had gone to pitch his case. But our sources intimate that he was told in no uncertain terms to follow the laid down football procedures.

Mieno joined Tusker from AFC Leopards in January last year on a three- year deal.

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Nairobi News has learnt that Mieno, who still has 18 months left on his contract, earns in the range of Sh 80,000 a month at Tusker but has been unsettled by a reported offer of Sh 130,000 a month at Gor plus sign on fee of Sh 1.5 million.

However, Gor’s acting secretary general Ronald Ngala poured cold water on the whole thing.

“We have never talked to Mieno and we have never made official bid,” he said.

“Of course we will go for him if he’s a free agent and everybody would want to do so because he’s a good player. We are not tapping him because no representative of the club has been in talks with him.”

Ngala added: “We made official approach for the players we wanted. We made an approach to Western Stima for Baron Oketch and we got him. It was the same with Muhoroni Youth for Wellington Oketch. We also made an approach to Mathare United for Eric Johanna but they never replied, while Bandari rejected our approach for Anthony Kimani.”

Tusker’s director Charles Obiny said that there is no just cause for Mieno to terminate his contract.

“He (Mieno) wanted to terminate his contract but the rules are there to be followed and there is no tangible reason why he should do that.”

“The rules are clear and everybody knows it. Gor Mahia has not made any offer to us.”

According to article 16A of Fifa rules on players transfer, a contract cannot be unilaterally terminated during the course of a season.

However, for footballing reason, a player can only terminate his contract if “in the course of the season, appeared in fewer than ten per cent of the official matches in which his club has featured in. In such a case, sporting sanctions shall not be imposed, though compensation may be payable”.