With the January transfer window now officially open, Cape Town City have wasted no time in announcing their second biggest signing ahead of the start of the second half of the season.
The Citizens have confirmed the capture of highly rated Kenya international Masoud Juma for an undisclosed fee.
It was previously reported that the 21-year-old forward, who was the Kenyan Premier League’s top scorer during the previous campaign with 17 goals, was inching towards a move to SuperSport United, but City have beaten the Tshwane-based outfit to the punch.
City took to Twitter to unveil their latest signing, revealing that they had to fend off bid from Europe, Egypt and South Africa, and that Juma will link up with his teammates on January 8, once his work permit has been received.
Cape Town City is delighted to announce the acquisition of 21 year old Kenyan international striker, and African top goalscorer of the year - Masoud Juma!#iamCityFC #FutureIsNow pic.twitter.com/voD72kR5d7 — Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) January 2, 2018
“The undisclosed transfer fee, was accepted by Juma's club Kariobangi Sharks in the @TheOfficialKPL (Kenyan Premier League) ahead of bids from Europe, Egypt, and South Africa - and the club is thrilled that Juma in the end decided to join Cape Town City,” the said on Twitter.
“Juma will receive his work permit this week and fly to Cape Town on January 8 where he will meet his new teammates and begin preparing for CTCFC's domestic and CAF campaigns, the tweet continued.
Meanwhile, coach Benni McCarthy was delighted with the club’s newest acquisition.
"At just 21, Juma has proven to be Africa's most prolific goalscorer. His quality is evident, as is the interest for him in Europe. He is still young and needs to be nurtured. But once he adapts and settles in, he has all the makings of a lethal out and out nine,” McCarthy told the club.
"We've had to rely on our possessional dominance to win games. Most of our goals come from midfielders. We're building a team for the future so it's nice to start putting together a group of young promising strikers who can score goals for the club going forward,” he concluded.