Much-travelled midfielder Collins “Gattuso” Okoth has landed at Kenyan Premier League side AFC Leopards as Ingwe prepare for the 2018 season that includes local and continental assignments.
The former Sofapaka and Tusker midfielder has been in the cold since falling out with former Gor coach Jose Marcelo Ferreira (Ze Maria) which saw him play few matches at the beginning of last season before the club eventually let him go in the mid season June transfer window.
Gattuso first joined K’Ogalo in 2012 but was let go by then coach Zdravko Logarusic due to alleged indiscipline cases before he joined Sofapaka where he was dropped for similar reasons, leading to a short-lived retirement before Tusker offered him a lifeline.
K’Ogalo then came calling again in 2014. “Gattuso is a good and experienced player and he will help the team in the midfield where we have had a problem in the last season.
Any team needs experienced players to post good results and he offers us that,” said Leopards head coach Robert Matano. Matano believes the combative midfielder alongside former Posta Rangers star Joseph Kuria, Victor Majid and Duncan Ochieng, who have also joined the club will help them meet their ambitions.
The team released more than 10 players with some of the new star signings including Western Stima’s Ezekiel Otuoma, former K’Ogalo striker Ezekiel Odera and Green Commandos’ ace Yufus Mainge.
“We had a big team but had to let go of the non performers. A player cannot be in a team for more than 18 months to two years, earn a salary and not be part of the regulars. I want the team to have depth so that I can rotate since we have five cups to play for,” added Matano, who has also signed young striker Jefrey Okaka from Chemilil Sugar and who will now play alongside his sibling Aziz Okaka.
With those signings, Leopards captain Duncan Otieno now wants the team to reward their supporters with a KPL title. “Our fans deserve a KPL trophy. It has been long and we will strive to gift them that.
However, we will also concentrate on the CAF Confederations Cup and take one match a time to ensure we make it through the first stage of the competition,” said Otieno.