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Gor Mahia captain Jerim quits football to join politics

By ISAAC SWILA January 17th, 2017 2 min read

Long serving Gor Mahia captain Jerim Onyango has hanged up his gloves after a glittering nine-year career with the glamour club.

Jerim is now poised to turn a new chapter in his career by venturing into the murky world of politics having already declared his interest to run for Member of County Assembly (MCA) seat in his home area in Ugunja Constituency.

Jerim, fondly referred to as “The King” in club circles, made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon in a long post on his Facebook page where he paid glowing tribute to the club and its fans.

An inspirational figure in the dressing room, Jerim is the longest serving player among the current breed of K’Ogalo players and alongside his deputy, Musa Mohamed, who is poised to take over the armband from him on permanent terms, are among the players who were recruited by former club great James Siang’a.

In the moving post, Jerim wrote:

“It’s my pleasure to take a moment to say a big word of – THANK YOU – to Gor Mahia fraternity. There comes a time when a player has to retire from active football and I am no exception as I had to do that after nine years at the club. I honestly and will truly treasure all the moments we shared in the club because all through those nine seasons, I achieved what I would have yearned for as a player in local football.

“First, my appreciation goes to the Gor Mahia FC for believing in me in all those nine years where I offered my services as a goalkeeper. Gor Mahia made me who I am and for that, I owe the club a great deal. THANK YOU.

“To my team mates, thanks for the good and bad times we shared together as a team. The hard work and discipline that saw us achieve what was admired by many should continue because success is all you can be proud of as a player. Whatever you achieve in your career will go a long way in life.

“To all Gor Mahia fans, a big thank you for the role you play within Gor Mahia circles. You are a true picture of what fans should be to a team. Your massive support is a huge element in every step the team makes and am urging you to keep the fire burning. Be close to the team and support all players all through no matter what the situation is.

“To my family and relatives, thanks a lot for the big support you’ve offered all through my football career.

“As I prepare to venture into politics, I can assure you all that I will remain close to the club as a good fan and I will for sure hold the club close to my heart. I wish the club and all fans the very best and pray to God to help you achieve your desires.”