1 February 2013

Kenya: Window Closed

Kenya Premier League transfer window came to an end yesterday amid last minute clearance among a few clubs.

However, it was all smooth for the Kenyan players with the Kenya Premier League kick-off only three weeks away. Gor Mahia were sweating over the inclusion of their Nigerian striker Abbey Natty captured from Muhoroni Youth and who is in the county on a refugee status.

Club official Ronald Ngala though confirmed the player had brought the necessary documentation to facilitate his inclusion in the team ahead of the February 24 Premier League kick-off.

"Abbey brought his documents to us, which we forwarded to KPL as we speak, he has been cleared to play for us. In fact all our signings have been approved," said Ngala.

Gor have also acquired goalkeeper Zachary Onyango (Coffee Board, Ethiopia), Mungai Kiongera (KCB), Innocent Mutiso (Mathare United), David Otieno (Western Stima), Ugandan Israel Emuge (Kira Young) and Brazilian Giovanni Rodrigues.

AFC Leopards and Nationwide side, Rangers were also in a tag of war over the ownership of Victor Ochieng and Charles Okwemba, who are employed by Postal Corporations Kenya, the sponsors of Ranger, but play for Leopards.

"The two players are in our plans but the management is working hard to sought out the issues today (yesterday) given that it is the deadline for transfers. We want to have a clear picture of who will be in our ranks for the season," said Rangers coach Leonard Saleh.

Leopards have so far recruited Anthony Kimani, Martin Musalia (Mathare), Noah Abich (unattached), Jackson Saleh (Western Stima), Patilla Omoto (Kariobangi Sharks) and Noah Wafula (Finlays), Michale Wandera (Kakamega High) and Bernard Ongoma (Kolongolo).

Thika United completed their transfer dealings and settled for eight new players for the 2013 Tusker Kenyan Premier League that kicks off on February 24.

Thika's highest spending was Sh200,000 for midfielder David Kinga'tua, the Kenya junior international from Nairobi City Stars. They also paid Sh50,000 to bring in Adisa Omar from a Thika Town club, Bidco United of the National Division One. Having off-loaded eight players from last season, coach John Kamau said he had 31 on his books.

According to Kamau, the club maintained their policy of developing young players. They brought on board Kenya under-17 defender Charles Bruno (Malindi Academy) and Sammy Meja, formerly Kakamega High emphasise the point.

"They were recommendation to us by scouts and having tested them, I am satisfied they are promising."Bruno is a strong player mentally. He is versatile and can play as a central defender of right full back," explained Kamau.

The club has been playing trial matches with lower division clubs in Nyeri, Nairobi and Thika but their build-up goes a notch higher when they play Nationwide side, Rangers in Thika tomorrow.

The coach said they will also play a test match against Karuturi before travelling west for a first match of the season against Muhoroni Youth.

Among the Thika United 2013 signings are Ezekiel Odera (KCB), Mwinyi Shami (Mnarani United), Anthony Gicho (Ofafa Jericho Secondary School), David King'atua (Nairobi City Stars), Lewis Opiyo (Tetu High School), Charles Bruno (Malindi Academy), Adisa Omar (Bidco United) and Sammy Meja (Kakamega High).

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