Struggling KPL giants AFC Leopards yesterday signed former Gor Mahia quartet of Solomon Nasio, Ivan Anguyo, Eric Masika and Joseph “Pablo’ Njuguna to plug the vacancies created by departing players.
Masika and Anguyo joined from FKF PL side Nakumatt FC while Nasio who terminated his contract with Gor mid last year return to top flight after a brief stint at Dandora FC. Njuguna opted for the den in spite of a contract extension offer from Mathare United and expressed pleasure at re-uniting with Zdravko Logarusic.
The signings were timely for Leopards who lost Uganda midfield maestro Mudde Musa to Bandari FC shortly after forwards Noah Wafula and Emmanuel Ngama followed left full-back Abdalla Juma to Tusker FC.
The quartet signed short six-month contracts at the cash strapped Ingwe as club officials were engaged with a number of players in a bid to beef up squad to a minimum of 25 players.
“I have worked with Logarusic before and I know that he can get the best out of me. There were unresolved issues at Mathare United so I took the chance to join AFC Leopards,” said Njuguna.
2009 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Sofapaka were at the center of another big money move as they acquired the services of Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) forward Herman Wasswa for Sh2.1 million.
Sofapaka also prised Ezekiel Odera and Wycliffe Opondo from Thika United. And in keeping with tradition, Elly Kalekwa, club president also included little known Fwadi Ndayiseoga and Aphrodis Kwanomae in his list for the second leg.
The duo was unattached prior to joining Sofapaka who lost among others left back Shafiq Batambuze to Western Stima, Enock Agwanda who went to Gor and Elly Asieche who has signed for KCB.
Thika United coach Tim Bryett signed only one player in Saad Juma from City Stars, saying he did not see a lot of players who could fit in his system of play. Zedekiah Otieno also fished right footed Charles Bruno on loan from Gor as the fates of Paul Were and Dan Sserunkuma remained uncertain.
At the time of going to press Gor who were on the trail of Were said the player seemed to have penned a deal with a South African club dashing K’Ogalo’s hopes of landing the prized winger. Sserunkuma’s future was still uncertain with re-instated AFC Leopards chairman Walter Onyino said to be interested in a move to ink a deal.
In what could have been the biggest transfer move in Kenya’s history, former Ajaccio striker Dennis Oliech was said to be contemplating a move to champions Gor.
Rumours of the move were awash on social media in the frantic final hours of transfer deadline yesterday. Oliech’s brother Ken who is vying for Football Kenya Federation (FKF) presidency, however, dismissed the claims saying Dennis has many offers on the table.