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Gor Mahia keen to sacrifice one foreigner for the return of Karim Nizigiyimana

09:34 GMT+3 11/12/2018
George Odhiambo and teammate Karim Nizigiyimana of Gor Mahia celebrate
Goal now understands that Gor Mahia are considering a loan deal for Ivorian striker Ephrem Guikan as a way to cover for his return

Gor Mahia is keen to keep Karim Nizigiyimana just a week after he was shown the exit door.

The Burundian defender was released by the Kenyan champions despite his contract coming to an end in January but Goal understands that K’Ogalo has opened fresh negotiations over the same so as to keep the player for another season.

Nizigiyimana, who was already engaging Sofapaka for a possible transfer before it shuts down, trained with Gor Mahia on Monday at the Camp Toyoyo. However, Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told Goal that the defender was just training to keep fit.

“Karim is just training with us to keep fit. There is nothing beyond there. He wants to keep fit and we have given him the chance to train with us,” Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told in an interview.

It has now emerged that Gor Mahia is keen to keep the player and are in the process of releasing one foreigner, albeit on loan, to give room for his (Karim) return. K’Ogalo already has five foreign players – Ephrem Guikan (Ivory Coast), Francis Mustapha (Burundi), Erisa Ssekisambu, Shafik Batambuze (Uganda) and Jacques Tuyisenge (Rwanda).

For the club to meet the required foreign quota rule by KPL of five per any given season, it means one player will have to be sacrificed. Goal now understands that Gor Mahia is considering a loan deal for Guikan, a safe way to cover for the return of the left back.