Burundi forward Francis Mustapha arrives in Kenya to sign for Gor Mahia

Goal had exclusively reported on Monday that the Kiyovu striker was keen to turn out for the Kenyan champions

Burundi forward Francis Mustapha has landed in the country to sign for Gor Mahia.

The striker arrived at JKIA on Thursday and will meet Gor Mahia officials for a possible transfer. Mustapha is seen as the best replacement for star Meddie Kagere, who signed for Tanzanian giants Simba SC on Monday.

K’Ogalo CEO Omondi Aduda confirmed the arrival of the player. “Yes it is true that Mustapha is in Kenya with his manager. We will meet him soon to seal a deal. He can replace Kagere and that is what we are looking for.”

Goal had exclusively reported on Monday that the Kiyovu striker was keen to turn out out for the Kenyan champions. “Gor Mahia is the best team in this region,” said the 22-year-old forward, who has scored ten times in the Rwandan league this season.

“I watched them play Rayon Sports (in the Caf Confederation Cup in Kigali) and said to myself 'this is the team I want to play for'. Even in Bujumbura, everybody knows about Gor Mahia. Under their current coach, they are playing very sexy football which suits me.

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“When Gor Mahia officials reached out to me earlier this month, I was excited, but at that time the league was in a crucial stage and I couldn't get time to come to Nairobi to finalize the move. Now I am ready because we play our final league match of the season on Wednesday.”

Mustapha has been a joy to watch in the Rwandan league this term. Under the guidance of coach Casa Mbungo, the lanky star has thrived for cash-strapped Kiyovu while playing just behind a target man.

The hat-trick he scored against AS Kigali in the league in the past two weeks was his stand-out. He also scored the only goal in his team's 1-0 league win over Mukura Victory on Sunday.