Former Gor Mahia star Peter ‘Pinchez’ Opiyo feels indebted to the club for developing his talent and exposing him.
Though the current Nairobi City Stars midfielder didn’t win any trophy with K’Ogalo in the 2009 season while on loan from Thika United, he made a name for himself at the late James Siang’a-coached side.
His stellar performance that propelled Gor Mahia to a fifth place finish after amassing 46 points (13 behind champions Sofapaka) earned him three accolades at the 2009 KPL Gala awards.
Opiyo walked away with the best midfielder award and runners-up awards in both the best player and young player of the year categories.
Despite denying Gor a double in 2013 when his solitary goal helped AFC Leopards to lift the domestic cup, the well-travelled midfielder insists the record Kenyan champions will forever have a special place in his heart.
“I found Gor Mahia was rebuilding under Coach James Siangá (RIP) and I joined in (February) 2009 on loan,” Opiyo told Nairobi City Stars website.
“Being young and bubbly, and given the fact I couldn’t be absorbed at Thika, the youth in me, and the lot I found at Gor had everything to prove. I guess that’s where everything started hitting a high for me including a national team call up.”
But Pinchez, who won the 2012 league title with Tusker can’t wait to play in the KPL again following City Stars’ promotion back to the topflight football.
“The promotion announcement was one of my happiest moments. The players I found in the team had already played their part and it was only a matter of time that City Stars were declared champions of the NSL,” he added.