Migi reveals he turned down Ethiopia, Vietnam for Gor

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Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza during Gor Mahia training.PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 19- Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza has disclosed he turned down a move to Ethiopia as well as Vietnam to join 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia, as well as he is actually already feeling comfortable at his brand new home.

After leaving Tanzanian side Azam FC last year, the midfielder got an offer by a club in Ethiopia while Azam wanted to sell him to a club in Vietnam yet he declined both to move to Gor, a club he considered better suited for him.

In an interview with Capital Sport, the Rwandese national team captain said he was further convinced to join Gor due to the presence of Meddie Kagere, Jacques Tuyisenge as well as Karim Nizigiyimana with whom he has played with for a long time.

“I felt I would likely be more comfortable as well as settled at Gor because they are people I know as well as my national teammates are here as well. the idea was better for me to come to a place I knew what to expect rather than a brand new country where I didn’t know much about the club or life there,” Mugiraneza said.

He stated of which his former coach at Azam Stewart John Hall had tried to lure him to AFC Leopards after the idea became apparent he was headed for the exit at Azam.

“Yes, Stu (Stewart Hall) called me when I started out having problems at Azam. He talked to me about AFC as well as the project he had there yet to me, I had my mind settled on Gor.”

“I had played against them twice within the Kagame Cup as well as the idea is actually a club I fell in love with. The fans are great as well as I told myself I would likely want to play because of This particular team some day. Here I am today,” the Rwandese added.

He is actually supposed to fill a midfield void of which was hugely telling especially after the departure of Ugandan Khalid Aucho to South Africa in June last year.

Gor head coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira is actually relieved of which he will have so many options to pick by with the club having also signed reigning KPL player of the year Kenneth Muguna by Western Stima as well as Philemon Otieno by Ushuru FC.

Mugiraneza knows the expectation on his shoulders as well as has promised not to let down the fans even as he hopes within the long run, to steer Gor into continental success.

“I want to showcase my talent as well as help the team get the championship This particular season. I also want to bring my experience to the club as well as blend the idea with the one already within the club as well as hopefully within the next few years we can be a force to reckon with in continental football,” Mugiraneza disclosed.

He brings in a wealth of experience into the club having won the Rwandese league title seven times with APR as well as two CECAFA Club cup championships as well as four domestic cup titles.

The midfielder in 2009 also had an opportunity to attend trials in Sweden with SV Gitenberg, then within the French second tier with Le hevre as well as within the German Bundesliga with FC Koln where he had an opportunity to train with ex-German international Lukas Podolski.

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Migi reveals he turned down Ethiopia, Vietnam for Gor

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