The lethal poacher, who was the club's top scorer with 11 last season, is expected to pen a five months deal and could make his debut on SaturdayAfter months of speculations, Thika United have finally parted ways with leading striker Kepha Aswani, who has joined paid ranks after signing for top Oman side Al Nasr.
Aswani, who was the club's top scorer with 11 goals last season, is expected to pen a five months contract after impressing during two weeks trials and could make his debut this weekend subject to Thika okaying the move.
Aswani revealed to Goal.com from his base in Salalah that he was excited with the latest prospects and was looking forward to the challenges.
"They (Al Nasr) offered me a five months contract after watching me during recent trials. I will use this opportunity to grow as a player and help the team."
"I am now in the process of agreeing personal terms and I hope to wrap up the deal soon and move on. The only remaining beat is the team (Al Nasr) to reach an agreement with my former employers (Thika United) in regards to the transfer."
Aswani's exit comes as a big blow to coach John Kamau, who in the current transfer window has lost keys players - Clifton Miheso, undergoing trials with South Africa top tier SuperSport United and striker Moses Arita - who has since signed for league champions Tusker FC.
On Tuesday, the Dutch trained tactician told Goal.com that the team was prepared to cope well without Miheso and Arita. “We have been preparing Miheso for almost one year to enable him do well during the trials and believe he will succeed. If that happens we will not miss him because we signed David Kingatwa from City Stars to cover up for his absence,” said Kamau.
He said Arita's place will be competently filled by former KCB hit man Ezekiel Odera who joined the club in December.
Aswani's move to Al Nasr comes barely a week after efforts by AFC Leopards' duo of striker Allan Wanga and defender Floribert Ndayisaba fell through. The two trained with the side but could not agree on contractual terms.
Despite the strikers' revelation that he was on his way out of the Brooke side sponsored side, coach Kamau has included the lethal player in his final squad for the 2013 season.
Thika United squad; Goalkeepers- Lucas Indeche, Joel Bataro, Zamu Adisa, Levis Opiyo; Defenders- Simon Mbugua, Dirkir Glay, Tony Kizito, Vincent Mogaka, Charles Bruno, David Bogere, Vincent Otieno, Sammy Mejja and Edward Njung’e.
Mid-fielders- Jackson Macharia, Wycliffe Opondo, Michael Luvutsi, Mwinyi Kibwana, Joseph Kuria, Francis Kahata, Dennis Othiambo, Antony Josiah and Michael Bodo. Strikers-Freeman Mulbah, Kennedy Otieno, Kepha Aswani, John Nairuka, Francis Chege, Fahim Elmoge, David King’atua, Ezekiel Odera and Clifton Miheso.