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KPL Transfer news: The latest rumours from Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Wazito FC and all KPL teams

08:10 GMT+3 24/01/2020
Tusker FC sign Henry Meja.
Goal takes a look at the latest transfer stories from the Kenyan Premier League during the summer transfer window

Tusker FC announce fourth signing

Tusker have sealed their fourth signing of the transfer window after confirming the arrival of striker Henry Meja.

The 18-year-old striker, who was the top scorer and Most Valuable Player in the 2019 Cleophas Malala Supercup, completed his move to Ruaraka, penning down a three-year deal.

“Tusker is delighted to announce the signing of striker, Henry Meja,” the club wrote on their official Facebook page.

“He will wear the No.18 shirt during this season and his first as a Tusker player.”

The youngster has also featured for Green Commandos FC and becomes the fourth signing for the Brewers this January window after Christopher Oduor, Brian Marita and Chrispinus Onyango.

Liberian star Otu signs for Wazito FC

Wazito FC have sealed the signing of Liberian international Augustine Otu from top tier side Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) FC.

Coach Stewart Hall has said the 21-year-old will improve the promoted side's forward line.

“[Otu] is a good striker. He is a young and hungry forward who we believe will improve our attack by getting us goals,” Hall is quoted by the club website.

“He has been training with the team for the last couple of weeks and we are impressed with his abilities. He will bring good competition to our attack which is healthy for the team.”

On his part, the striker expressed his delight at joining the club saying he is looking forward to making his debut.

“I am delighted to be joining such an ambitious team like Wazito. I have been training with the team for a while now and I already feel at home, everyone at the club has been supportive.”

The Liberian becomes the eighth signing of the club, others being Dennis Ng’ang’a, Dennis Sikhayi, Kennedy Owino, Issafou Bourhana, Whyvonne Isuza, Alvin Ochieng, and Ronald Ashimoto.

Gor Mahia raid Black Stars for midfielder

Gor Mahia have made their fourth signing in this January window by bringing on board Nicholas Omondi from Kibera Black Stars.

Omondi is coming to K’Ogalo as a direct replacement for youngster Tobias Otieno who has left the club to join US second-tier side Union Omaha.

Omondi becomes the club’s fourth high profile signing in the ongoing mid-season transfer window after the capture of Ugandan forward Juma Balinya, Clinton Okoth from Migori Youth and Ghanaian midfielder Jackson Owusu.

Chris Alpha Onyango and Alphonse Omija have also been promoted to the senior team from Gor Mahia Youth.

Wazito FC sign two more players

Wazito FC have sealed the signings of Alvin ‘Chicha’ Ochieng and Roland Ashimoto from Kisumu All-Stars and Kakamega High School respectively on long-term deals.

18-year old Ochieng is a speedy right-back and has been with the Kisumu-based side for the last two seasons.

He is a Kenya U20 team player and was part of the team that reached the Cecafa U20 final in Uganda last year alongside Wazito pair of Joshua Nyatini and Musa Masika.

Ashimoto, on the other hand, joins the team straight from school. He was a key player for football power-house Kakamega High School.

“I want to welcome [Chicha] and [Roland] to the team,” Wazito CEO Dennis Gicheru told the club’s official website.

“They are two young quality players and they definitely make us stronger. They trained with the team for a couple of days under the watchful eye of our head coach. He was impressed and he Okayed their signing.”

The other new players in the team are; Dennis Sikhayi, Dennis Ng’ang’a, Kennedy Owino, Issifou Bourhana, and Whyvonne Isuza.

Balinya seals transfer move to Gor Mahia

Gor Mahia have secured the services of Ugandan striker Juma Balinya.

Balinya has been in the country training with the Kenyan champions, who were sourcing a striker following the double exit of Ivorian Yikpe Gislain Gnamien, who ditched the club to sign for Young Africans (Yanga) in Tanzania and Ghanaian attacker Francis Afriyie – who left for Township Rollers in Botswana.

Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda has confirmed the arrival of the player saying: “We want to sign new players as recommended by our coach and [Balinya] is one of them,” Aduda told Goal .

“[Balinya] has signed a two-year contract and we welcome him to the K’Ogalo family.”

Prior to joining Gor Mahia, Balinya was turning out for Yanga, a club he left, citing non-payment of salaries.

He becomes the first signing for the Kenyan champions in this January window.

Sharks raid Wazito FC for Onyango

Kariobangi Sharks have raided Wazito FC for the services of Derrick Onyango.

The attacking midfielder has been confirmed by Sharks as they prepare to face Mathare United in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) derby on Sunday.

However, the club did not give enough details of the contract signed by the player.

Onyango becomes the first signing for the struggling Sharks.

Tusker sign Oduor from Mathare United

Tusker FC have sealed the signing of Christopher Oduor from Mathare United.

The player has signed a two-year contract and will be in contention to face Bandari FC in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match on Sunday.

“Tusker would like to confirm the signing of Christopher Oduor from Mathare United,” the club said in a signed statement. “He has signed a two-year contract and we welcome him to the Brewers family.”

Meanwhile, Tusker have also signed Brian Marita and Chrispinus Onyango from AFC Leopards and KCB respectively.

The two players have both signed two-year contracts and become the second and third signing for the Brewers.

Ex-Kariobangi Sharks ace signs for HIFK Fotboll

Kariobangi Sharks striker Sydney Lokale has signed for HIFK Fotboll in Finland.

The club have confirmed on their official website the arrival of the Kenyan player.

“Kenyan striker [Lokale] has joined HIFK with a loan agreement for the 2020 season,” the club confirmed in a statement.

“The loan agreement includes a call option, a 19-year-old player arrived in Finland today.

“In recent years, Lokale has played in his home series, where he has represented Kariobangi Sharks. He has scored 12 goals so far in 10 matches in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), as well as one goal in one Caf Confederation Cup match.

"In addition, Lokale, who also featured in Kenya's youth national teams, passed the Malmö FF test by the Swedish club last spring.”

Speaking on the move, Lokale said: “Coming to Helsinki and HIFK is really great! I already know Origi, which makes it a lot easier to come here. I do not know companionship terribly, but I've watched videos and studied a little history of the club.

“On the whole, I consider myself a good and versatile player. I want to do great things here. For fans, I want to say I have come here to work, and I'm going to earn your love!”

Ex-Gor Mahia star signs for Township Rollers

Ex-Gor Mahia striker Francis Afriyie has officially been unveiled by Township Rollers in Botswana.

Goal has exclusively revealed the Ghanaian striker was in Gaborone to seal a deal and the club have confirmed he has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.

“Township Rollers is pleased to announce the signing of Ghana-born forward Francis Afriyie,” the club said on their official Facebook page.

“The 24-year-old, who turns 25 on January 18 joins the Blues from current Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Having joined Gor Mahia at the beginning of the 2019-20 season, Afriyie scored six goals in eleven appearances in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) before moving to Rollers.

“He previously played for Bechem United in the Premier League of his native Ghana; then Vojvodina in the Serbia Super League (top division); Murcielagos in the third tier of Mexico before joining Gor Mahia at the beginning of this season then making the switch to Rollers.”

Afriyie is among the players who have already ditched the Kenyan champions this term owing to unpaid salaries. Ivorian striker Gnamien Yikpe, who joined K’Ogalo the same season as Afriyie, has already signed for Young Africans (Yanga SC) on a two-year deal.

Tanzania player Dickson Ambundo is yet to return to Gor Mahia after visiting his native Tanzania for holiday.

Bourhana joins Wazito FC from St. George

Wazito FC have sealed the signing of Esuf Bourhana from Ethiopian giants St. George SC.

The promoted club have confirmed the latest signing on their official website .

“We can confirm Esuf Bourhana has joined the club,” Wazito confirmed. “A central defender by trade, the Togolese brings a wealth of experience into the team having turned out for Togo national team, the Sparrowhawks.

“His arrival is a massive boost for our central defence that will be without captain Bernard Ochieng for the remainder of the season. Bernard is set to undergo knee surgery and is expected to be on the sidelines for a couple of months.”

Speaking after sealing the move, Bourhana said: “I am happy to join an ambitious team like Wazito. The team has set high targets and I want to part of this exciting project.

He becomes Wazito’s fifth signing in the January window, the other new players are Dennis Sikhayi, Whyvonne Isuza, Dennis Ng’ang’a and Kennedy Owino.

Wazito FC raid AFC Leopards for Isuza

Wazito FC have raided 13-time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions AFC Leopards for midfielder Whyvonne Isuza.

The Ingwe talisman becomes the fourth signing for the promoted side, who are revamping their squad after a poor start to the season. The attacking midfielder terminated his contract with the former side and has joined on a free transfer.

“Isuza is a national team player and he is definitely a good addition to the team,” Wazito CEO Dennis Gicheru told the club's website .

“The technical bench recommended his signing because they understand his abilities and we are glad he has agreed to join us. His addition makes us stronger.”

Isuza joins former teammate Dennis Sikhayi, Dennis Ng'ang'a, and Kennedy Owino at Wazito.

Wazito opened the year with a 1-0 defeat to Gor Mahia and are currently on 11 points after 15 games.

Zoo FC release six players

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Zoo FC has released six players in the ongoing transfer window.

The club have confirmed the release of the players on their official Facebook page.

“The club has parted ways with Sammy Sindani, Dennis Otieno, Norman Werunga, Martin Elung’at and Japheth Amakanji,” the statement read.

“Sammy who had 6 months left in his contract has been released so has Norman and Japheth who both had longer contracts. Dennis’ and Martin’s contracts have ended and have not been renewed."

The sixth player to be released is Kelvin Oduor, whose contract lapsed and has not been renewed.

“We wish them well in their future endeavours and thank them for their service.”

Zoo are currently in 12th on the 17-team table and will face AFC Leopards in a league match on Sunday.

Sofapaka unveil 11 new players

Sofapaka FC have unveiled 11 new players to help them mount a strong charge as they hope to win the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title they last won in 2009.

Among the 11 are four highly rated foreign players and two youth players who have been promoted to the senior team due to their current form and two unattached players.

The foreigners include goalkeeper Nicholas Sebwato from Bright Stars Soccer Academy in Uganda, defensive midfielder Noukeu Joel from Lion Blesse FC in Cameroon and Ghanian striking duo of Jedinak Ameyaw Nana and George Owusu, both from Channis Soccer Academy.

The players promoted from Sofapaka Youth team are defenders Stephen Otieno Okulla and Brian Wetende. David Simiyu and Collins Wakhungu have joined from milling sides Chemelil and Nzoia Sugar respectively.

Batoto ba Mungu  president Elly Kalekwa told Goal  he had confidence with the new players and said he was banking on them to help the side to a podium finish at the end of the season.

AFC Leopards confirm exit of three players

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side AFC Leopards have confirmed the exit of three players.

The 13-time league champions are currently undergoing tough financial difficulties and it has contributed to the exit of the trio.

Goal  understands the players were reluctant to extend their stay at the club after their contracts expired. Ingwe , through their official Facebook page, have confirmed the exit of the three players.

"AFC Leopards announces the departure of Moses Mburu, Dennis Sikhayi, and Brian Marita after the end of their contracts," Ingwe posted.

"We would like to thank them for their dedicated service to the club. We wish them all the best in their next assignment."

The exit of the three players brings the total number of players who have left Leopards recently to seven.

Ismaila Diarra, Soter Kayumba, Tresor Ndikumana, and Vincent Habamahoro are the other players who have left the troubled Den.

Marita ditches AFC Leopards in farewell message

Hours after the club lost the services of Dennis Sikhayi, AFC Leopards have also lost another key player.

Brian Marita has confirmed on his official Facebook page he has quit the cash-strapped Ingwe side but did not state his next move.

“To everyone at AFC Leopards, my teammates, to the staff and to all you the fans, thank you for your support throughout the time we've been together. God bless you. I wish you the best of luck for the future,” Marita wrote on his Facebook page.

Ingwe are currently struggling to pay players and the technical bench and recently lost their head coach Casa Mbungo.

The club’s key players among them midfielder Whyvonne Isuza has also asked to leave the club.

Wazito FC sign Sikhayi from AFC Leopards

Wazito FC have completed the signing of three new players, among them Dennis Sikhayi from AFC Leopards.

The promoted side have confirmed on their official website they have also signed Kennedy ‘Daddy’ Owino and Dennis Ng’ang’a, who have joined from Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) FC.

“We are pleased to announce the signing of the three players on the Bosman ahead of the second phase of the season that begins on Saturday,” the club stated.

Speaking on the new arrivals, Wazito team manager Bramwell Makosti explained: “We wanted players who could improve our weak areas. We had identified areas that we needed to beef up and we went for players who we believe will make us stronger.

"The three are quality players and we are happy to have them on board, they definitely make us stronger than we were before.”

On his side, club CEO Dennis Gicheru stated that the management is backing the technical bench in the transfer market by getting the players they need so as to ensure on-pitch success.

Sofapaka confirm Baraza on a three-year deal

Sofapaka have confirmed coach John Baraza on a permanent deal, Goal  can reveal.

The former Harambee Stars striker took over on an interim basis after they parted ways with Portuguese coach Divaldo Alves but he has now been confirmed as the coach on a three-year deal.

Batoto ba Mungu  president Elly Kalekwa has confirmed to Goal  they have given the former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Golden Boot winner a permanent deal which will see him stay at the club until 2022.

“We have officially confirmed [Baraza] as the coach for the next three years,” Kalekwa told Goal . “He has proved he can handle the team and this can be seen from the recent club’s success after the exit of Alves.

“He [Baraza} understands Sofapaka players well and I have a feeling he can help us to challenge for the title. His contract can also be extended when it expires and it will go hand in hand with the results.”

Kalekwa also confirmed the club will announce their new signings in the next week.

“We have talked to several players as per the coach’s request and we will soon announce the new arrivals,” Kalekwa continued.

Yanga SC seal signing of Gor Mahia striker

Young Africans (Yanga SC) have officially signed Yikpe Gislain Gnamien from Gor Mahia.

The Ivorian striker had skipped training with the Kenyan champions owing to unpaid salaries and he was later confirmed holding talks with the Tanzanian giants over a possible move.

Yanga have now confirmed the arrival of the striker, who will wear jersey number nine and has penned a two-year contract.

“We have officially agreed on terms to sign [Yikpe] from Kenyan champions Gor Mahia,” Yanga said in a statement on their official Facebook page .

“[Yikpe] will join us on a two-year contract which can also be renewed if he performs well. We want to welcome the striker to feel at home and wish him well as he starts his journey with this great club.”

On his part, Yikpe promised to help the club to chase for the targets they had set for the season.

Struggling Wazito FC release four players

Struggling Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Wazito FC have released four players following unconvincing displays since the start of the season.

Wazito shook the transfer market soon after their promotion to the top-tier but have found the going tough and have now released the former Gor Mahia duo of Karim Nizigiyimana and Abouba Sibomana.

Goalkeeper Gad Mathews and John Katua are the other players who have been released by the club just before the January transfer window opened.

The quartet was among 20 stars who were signed in the previous transfer window with the 2018/19 National Super League (NSL) champions targetting the KPL trophy.

“[Karim] Nizigiyimana, [Abouba] Sibomana, [John] Katua and Gad Mathews have been given their release letters already. The club will look to have a better replacement during the short transfer window in January,” a source close to the club has revealed to  Goal .

Sibomana was signed from Rwandese military side APR while Nizigiyimana returned to the KPL from Vipers SC, where he had signed a short-term deal since leaving Gor Mahia in February.