Nizigiyimana and four other Kenyan Premier League flops

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Karim Nizigiyimana trains with Gor Mahia.
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With the league suspended owing to the Covid-19 outbreak, Goal analyses top flops in the Kenyan top tier in the recent past

  1. ​Eric Bekoe - AFC Leopards
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    ​Eric Bekoe - AFC Leopards

    The Ghanaian striker was signed by Ingwe in 2018 after refusing to go on a two-week trial at former side Asante Kotoko. Having won the Golden Boot at his home country in the 2007/08 season, many expected him to perform in Kenya.

    However, the striker failed to break into the first team under coaches Robert Matano and Denis Kitambi. He was later released by former chairman Dan Mule with 26 months remaining on his contract for 'not helping the team.'
  2. ​Giovanni Rodriguez - Gor Mahia

    ​Giovanni Rodriguez - Gor Mahia

    K'Ogalo brought the 'quality Brazilian' on board in 2013 with the player promising to score crucial goals for the then Zdravko Logarusic-led side. It was a historic moment for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) giants.

    The best moment quickly turned into the worst as the South American was released after just three training sessions. All the hullabaloo was halted with the Croatian coach saying Rodriguez was not fit to play for his team.
  3. Timonah Wanyonyi - AFC Leopards
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    Timonah Wanyonyi - AFC Leopards

    Wanyonyi made a name for himself at Gor Mahia at a tender age before he was reportedly convinced by his dad to join rivals AFC Leopards in June 2014. It was the move which was welcome by Ingwe faithful considering the fact he had scored against them in the Mashemeji Derby.

    It later turned out to be a poor decision as the player failed to perform on the pitch. Later on, he revealed his Sh200,000 cheque has bounced and went on to terminate his contract with the team. It is a move he regrets to date.
  4. ​Karim Nizigiyimana - Wazito FC
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    ​Karim Nizigiyimana - Wazito FC

    The Burundian right-back played his best football at Gor Mahia from 2015-2018, winning back-to-back KPL titles and representing the team in continental assignments. A fracture on his leg put him out for a season and it was the end of his stay at K'Ogalo.

    Wazito signed him from Vipers where he had played for a season. It, however, turned out to be a poor signing as he struggled to make an impact for the team. He was released after just four months with the team, making a handful of appearances. 
  5. ​Abouba Sibomana - Wazito FC
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    ​Abouba Sibomana - Wazito FC

    The Rwandese joined K'Ogalo in 2015, but the development of Erick Ouma relegated him to the bench and he eventually left for former side Rayon Sports, signing an initial six-month contract before extending.

    The over-ambitious Wazito brought the left-back on board at the beginning of 2020. Just like Nizigiyimana, the full-back struggled to have an impact and was eventually released after making five appearances for the team.