The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Mugalia Back

Bob Mugalia is back at Sofapaka after renewing his contract with the 2009 Kenya Premier League champions.

Harambee Stars striker was initially left out of the side after failing to agree on the extension of his contract which expired at the end of the 2012 season.

Chairman Elly Kalekwa said the club and the player have mow reached an agree. "He is an excellent player and he will add many striking options to the team this season," added Kalekwa.

"Mugalia is back in the squad after agreeing a new contract. His last deal expired at the end of 2012 and after we failed to agree on terms, it was agreed that he could speak to other clubs," he added.

Mugalia seemed to be on course to join AFC Leopards but they did not agree on terms with the club.Mugalia admitted he was delighted to be back in his former club but as a new person in faith. Mugalia

"I felt it awkward to abandon Sofapaka despite my contract ending last month. I could have joined any of the many clubs which approached me with good offers but I felt east or west, home is best. Sofapaka is a family unit.

"There is unity in the club with a caring president Elly Kalekwa who has been like a father to me. The players and the technical bench are focused and work together as a family. I didn't want to move out of that bond," said Mugalia, now a born again Christian.

Bob revealed he went for deliverance in their church last month where church elders laid their hands on him and urged him to get saved which he accepted.

"I took that decision seriously and asked myself many questions. But after careful consideration and soul searching, I decided to take that narrow path," said a jovial Mugalia.

Speaking at the team's training ground at Nairobi's Eastleigh High school, Mugalia further disclosed that he will now change from wearing his usual jersey number nine and use Number one to prove he is a changed person.

'Nobody uses jersey number one including our goalkeeper. So I have opted to start using number one which means I want to be number one in mending my ways and set a good example as a new creature."

He admitted he snubbed better offers from various clubs led by AFC Leopards, Gor Mahia, Mathare United, Sony Sugar and Kakamega Homeboys but opted to return to his former club.

Elsewhere, Chemelil Sugar have signed six players ahead of the 2013 Kenyan Premier League season set to kick off alter this month. The club has concentrated in boosting their midfield as it seeks to take command of their games when the league kicks off.

Three of the fresh signings have been drawn from league counterparts Oserian FC while the remaining are from KCB, Kolongolo and West Kenya respectively.

Club secretary general Samuel Ndung'u exuded confidence that the players are equal to the task and will be of great value when the season begins. The players signed --Japheth Wamunga (GK, Kolongolo), Geoffrey Maina (Midfielder, KCB), James Macharia (Midfielder, Oserian), Edwin Misiko (defender, Oserian), Samuel Ouma (midfielder, Oserian) and John Onami (Striker, Sofapaka).

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