Towards the close of the year 2012, Kenyan football was awash with the news of the entry of a Brazilian striker to Tusker Premier League side Gor Mahia.
The player, Giovanni Bissolli Rodriguez, landed in the country on 13 January, but after stepping down from the plane, questions began emerging on his prowess as a footballer.
The doubts were exclusively linked to his physique, which indicated that he might have been out of touch with the sport for a while. On his arrival, he was said to have been awarded a two-year contract.
Later, as head Coach Zdravko Logarusic arrived in the country from the December break, he dismissed the player after the first training session, describing him as being less fit than assistant Coach Bobby Ogolla.
A few days later, on 16 January, Gor submitted its preliminary list of players to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in readiness for the Confederations Cup. Rodriguez’ name was on it.
Logarusic later confirmed that Rodriguez was not part of his plans for the season, after which the player’s presence in the media blackened.
Apparently, on recommendation of the Coach, Gor severed ties with the Brazilian and he left the team.
-The player had not signed any contract with us and given that he did not impress the coach, we had to let him go. As at now we do not know of his whereabouts, but we presume he flew back to his country, the club's Secretary General George Bwana told Futaa.com.
Rodriguez’ profile indicated that he had started his career with Atlantic Sport Club, Rio White Sport Club and Rio Branco Sport Club football academies, and later joined Giovani second division leagues for White River Sport, Union Marechal Hermes and Esporte Club Compo Grande.