Winners and losers of KPL January transfer window

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Goal presents the most affected teams (either positively or negatively) in the pre-season transfer window

Close to 200 players made moves in the just closed transfer window and Goal presents three losers and three winners of the exercise ahead of the Kenyan Premier League kick-off.


WINNERS


AFC Leopards: Last season, the 13-times league champions badly struggled in the transfer window considering the fact that they had no money to lure big names to the Den. It affected the side in the long run as the team went on to finish on the 13th position. However, this time round, it has been a different case. The Leopards have brought on board Robinson Kamura, Whyvonne Isuza, Duncan Otieno, Kevin Kimani and Dennis Sikhayi among others. Expect Ingwe to shine with these names if theory will reflect on the pitch.

Gor Mahia: Yes, the Green Army lost good players in Eric 'Marcelo' Ouma as well as Enock Agwanda, but the team was swift in replacing them. Among the new players in the side are the 2016 Kenyan Premier League MVP Kenneth Muguna, former Azam man Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza, Joash Onyango, John Ndirangu, Oliver Maloba and Shaban Odhoji among others. If these players manage to adapt soonest, then Gor Mahia will roar.

Nakumatt: Nakumatt have made their intentions clear in this transfer window, signing experienced players who can lift the team higher. The newbies brought on board former AFC Leopards men Cresten Mwanzo, Jack Bruno, Kepha Aswani, Eugine Ambulwa and added Obadiah Ndege, David Gateri, Ugandan Ronald Musana, Erick Ochieng among others. If these players gel well with the available crop then expect positive results.


LOSERS

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Mathare United: The ‘Slum Boys’ lost key players who could have had a positive impact on the team. They will definitely struggle to replace Robinson Kamura, Whyvonne isuza, Erick Johanna, Robert Mboya, Peter Odhiambo and Obadiah Ndege.

Ulinzi Stars: This is a team that will represent the nation in the Caf Confederation Cup competition and it needed to strengthen all its departments. However, they brought on board only two players, actually one Baron Oketch who was acquired on loan from Gor Mahia, with Alex Masinde getting promoted from their junior team.

Western Stima: Gabriel Andika, Joash Onyango, Dennis Sikhayi and Kenneth Muguna were vital for the Henry Omino coached side, but they were left to go, a fact which might work against the Kisumu-based club.

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