Former SportPesa Premier League champions and 2018 CAF Confederations Cup representatives AFC Leopards have bolstered their squad ahead of the 2018 season with the biggest coup being journeyman Ezekiel Otuoma and former Gor Mahia striker Ezekiel ‘Alcatel’ Odera.
Ingwe struggled in the just concluded season where they eventually finished eighth, despite winning the GOtv Shield trophy. Due to fans pressure and demands for results, they changed coaches three-times in the season and consequently, more than 10 players were let go, either on loan or upon expiry of their contracts.
“Our squad last season was not bad but we had a problem with our finishing, we have done our signings with goals in mind. However, since we are strengthening the squad, we had to balance our signings,” said team manager Gilbert Selebwa.
Former Ulinzi Stars and Muhoroni Youth player Otuoma has been signed from relegated Western Stima where despite the club being relegated, he was impressive and Ingwe’s technical bench believe his partnership with 2010 second best top scorer Odera will be lethal.
“The team is going back to training on December 28 after the festivities thus giving the players ample time to gel and the new signings to learn the philosophy of the club before the season begins.
We have gone for a mix of youth and experience and are confident the squad will do well both continentally and in the local league,” Selebwa said. Other additions to the club include goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade who was snapped from Nakumatt, Thika United’s defender Wilson Anekeya who ditched the milkmen for a three-year contract at the Den, Otuoma’s former team mates at Stima Daniel Masinde, Robert Achema and midfielder Brian Marita on two-year contracts.
After letting go of all their foreign players in their previous squad, Ingwe has enlisted the services of Ugandan left back Baker Lukooya from Soana FC and two more signings Nigeria’s attacking midfielder Henry Yuche and former Ismalia striker Prince Papa Arkoh of Ghana.
“The two are already in the country and we are following on their paper work with the process in advanced stages and expected to be complete before the players return for training,” Selebwa revealed adding that they are in talks with two more foreign players whose identity will be revealed at a later date. The longest contract is that of Green Commandos’ ace Yufus Mainge who penned down a five-year contract at the den.