The pressure has definitely been huge on Rwandan striker Jacques Tuyisenge who was shipped in at Gor Mahia as a replacement for Kenyan international Michael Olunga who left after a fine 2015 season that saw him bang 19 league goals.
Olunga’s fine season for club and country in 2015 saw him bag the KPL Player of the Year award at the end of season awards gala but on his departure, Gor Mahia were left with no option but to shop around for a replacement.
Tuyisenge was brought in on a Kshs 4 million transfer from Police FC of Rwanda but the Rwanda national team head coach John McKinstry says expecting him to perfectly replace Olunga is too much to ask.
The Briton however backed Tuyisenge to provide a lot of assists in the season
“He won’t score 25 goals for you. He is not that kind of striker, he is not an Olunga or Kagere. Tuyisenge is the kind of striker who will score 10 goals for you and assist another 15, so at the end of the day he would have contributed to 25 goals,” McKinstry told Ugandan top football portal Kawowo Sports.
Tuyisenge reported at Gor Mahia carrying an ankle injury from the CHAN tournament but managed to play his first competitive match against Kakamega Homeboyz, and went on to get a goal and an assist as Gor Mahia won 3 – 0.