The Star (Nairobi)

22 December 2012

Kenya: Kiogera Sought

KCB's highly rated midfielder Paul Kiongera yesterday confirmed that Gor Mahia and Leopards are fighting for his signature.

Kiongera said Gor were the first to approach him but Leopards have lately joined the fight for his signature. He said he is ready to join any team but all will depend on KCB and the offer they will receive from his suitors.

"I am currently negotiating with both Gor and AFC, but it will depend on how they agree with my club (KCB)," he noted, Kiongera said it would be dream come true to play of either club in the next Kenya Premier League season.

"They are the two biggest club in the country and it will be an honour to play for them in the league next season," he said.

Kiongera's had an impressive season with KCB that saw him earn a call up to the national team, Harambee Stars. Gor assistant secretary general, Ronald Ngala, is however confident that they will out-bid Leopards for the midfielder.

" He has been one of our targets since June and I think once we finalise everything with KCB, he will be able to sign for us before the end of the year."

Elsewhere, Nigerian duo of Joseph Emeka and Abbas Akinyemi have made it clear on their desire to remain in the Kenya Premier League.

The two strikers, who had explosive introduction into Kenyan football three years ago, scoring at will for their clubs then Tusker and Sofapaka are currently free agents.

Emeka, an indispensable striker at the double KPL champions Tusker two years ago until he lost his form and was then sent packing by coach Robert Matano, insisted that he still has what it takes to play in the top flight league.

"I have the talent and the desire to do well. I am open to move to any team that will give me the opportunity to show my ability. I am working hard in order to be ready when called upon," said Emeka, who at the height of his talent was the second best scorer in the league, behind only John Baraza.

"Talent can't just disappear overnight. My form might have gone down a little bit but with the right team and with more opportunities to play, I can still reach my peak," added the Nigerian hit man.

Lanky Akinyemi too has not been lucky ever since he was introduced into Kenyan football while playing for Sofapaka. He has rarely settled and has had stints with AFC Leopards, Rangers and Nationwide side Nakuru All Stars. The tall forward revealed that he still has a lot to prove to his detractors.

"I can still play at the highest level. I have played for some of the best teams in the country and proven myself. Injuries have pushed me back for the last few months but now I am fully fit and I am looking to forward to joining a new club before beginning of the season," he said. Akinyemi also advised players to have a strong union that will be able to fight for their rights.

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