MICHAEL KIBWAGE DITCHES AFC LEOPARDS FOR KCB
AFC Leopards have lost one of their most promising player Michael Kibwage.
Kibwage has confirmed that he has officially ditched the Den to sign for KCB ahead of the new season that kicks-off on December 8.
Kibwage has thanked AFC Leopards for giving him the chance to expose his talent to the world. “I have officially joined KCB FC. I would like to thank the entire AFC Leopards community. Ingwe gave me the opportunity to expose my talent to the world and I have learnt a lot and developed to a better player in those two years.
“This is another phase in my career and I hope to do even better. I am glad to have completed the move to KCB and I look forward to achieving success at the club.”
KEEPER TRAINER OTTAMAX THROWS IN THE TOWEL
AFC Leopards keeper trainer Matthews Ottamax has quit the club just a month to league kick-off.
In a statement obtained by Goal, the former Kenya One revealed that he had left the Den on mutual agreement and wished the team all the best ahead of the new season.
“I take this chance to sincerely thank the entire National Executive Committee, the technical team, the players, the backroom staff and all the loving fans of AFC Leopards for the opportunity to work for/with them wholeheartedly.
“It's on a mutual agreement that am leaving our beloved club as I proceed to pursue new challenges elsewhere. I will cherish the times I worked with you though occasionally we experienced difficulties here and there, which I believe is normal in this industry.
“To the few players, who felt aggrieved by my straight talk, it was nothing personal but a way to nudge you to achieve your maximum best and also take your roles as players not advocates. I remain that welcoming, easy going but no nonsense big brother and to some a father.”
AFC LEOPARDS TIE DOWN DEFENDER TO NEW CONTRACT
AFC Leopards defender Abdalla ‘Shittu’ Salim has signed a new contract.
Ingwe have confirmed that the burly defender has penned a three-year contract that will see him stay at The Den until 2021.
The news comes just hours after the club also confirmed that they had signed left back Isaac Kipyegon from Zoo Kericho on a three-year deal.
AFC LEOPARDS SIGN ISAAC KIPYEGON FROM ZOO KERICHO
Eleven-time Kenyan Premier League champions AFC Leopards have completed the signing of Zoo Kericho left back Isaac Kipyegon.
The defender has been one of the most consistent players in the Kericho-based side something that caught the eye of Ingwe. Zoo has confirmed the exit of the player who is set to stabilize one of the problematic area at The Den.
“We hereby confirm that Isaac Kipyegon is set to Join AFC Leopards officially since all parties have met the necessary requirements as per the regulations to formalise his release and we hereby take this opportunity to wish him success in his new club.
“We are proud of him and we know he is going to improve and better his career with his new club. All the best our lad we Zoo family will miss you big," read the post.
Goal understands Ingwe is in the market for three defenders, two midfielders and a striker before the new season starts on the 8th of December.
GOR MAHIA RAID ZOO KERICHO FOR NICHOLAS KIPKIRUI
Gor Mahia have continued with their transfer activities after raiding Zoo Kericho on Friday.
The Kenyan champions have handed Nicholas Kipkirui a four year contract just hours after signing Pascal Ogweno from Kariobangi Sharks.
"We have handed him a four year-deal and I hope he will keep scoring goals like he did while at Zoo Kericho. He was among our main targets and I am happy that we have managed to seal the same," K'Ogalo CEO Omondi Aduda told Goal.
After a season that saw Gor Mahia fail to reach the final of Caf Confederation Cup, the Kenyan champions have intensified their quest to beef up the squad ahead of next season.
GOR MAHIA COMPLETES THE RETURN OF KENNETH MUGUNA
Gor Mahia have sealed the return of Kenneth Muguna on a three-year contract.
Muguna was a Gor Mahia player before he left the club to try out professional football in Albania with KF Tirana. The move however, flopped as the former player of the year sought to return home, despite having a four-year contract with the club.
Muguna is now a Gor Mahia player, after he penned a contract to return to the champions. An elated Muguna told Goal after he was unveiled, “I am very happy to return home, I call Gor Mahia home because this was my last club in Kenya before I left for Albania.
“I want to assure fans that I will give my best to help the team achieve the targets for next season. I am very elated to return to the Kenyan champions.”
BATAMBUZE PENS TWO-YEAR CONTRAXCT WITH GOR MAHIA
Ugandan midfielder Shafik Batambuze has signed a two-year deal with Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia.
The much-traveled Ugandan is expected to add depth in K’Ogalo's rank ahead of what promises to be a tough season as Gor Mahia prepares to defend the title as well as a chance to better their Caf Champions League performance.
“The deal is done. We have handed him a two-year deal,” Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told Goal.
Regionally, Batambuze has played for Tanzanian giants Simba SC, Singida United as well as Uganda’s SC Villa.
GOR MAHIA DENY CHASING FOR STRIKER ALLAN WANGA
Gor Mahia have denied reports that they are chasing for the services of Allan Wanga.
K’Ogalo CEO Omondi Aduda has revealed to Goal that they are not interested to sign the former AFC Leopards striker, who currently turns out for Kakamega Homeboyz.
“The list that I have from the technical bench, we don’t have the name of Wanga. So we are not signing him. Those are what we call rumours and not transfer targets. We will sign players according to the list from the technical bench.”
Gor Mahia have already made two signings in – Kenneth Muguna and Shafik Batambuze. Muguna returned to K’Ogalo on a three-year contract from KF Tirana in Albania whereas Batambuze penned a two-year deal to leave Singida United of Tanzania.
Goal however, understands that Gor Mahia are poised to sign Dennis Odhiambo of Sofapaka and former youth player Cliff Nyakeya, who turns out for Mathare United.
FRED AMBANI JOINS RELEGATED WAZITO FC AS ASSISTANT
Fred Ambani is set to take over the vacant assistant position role at Wazito following the resignation of George Midenyo on Monday.
Midenyo tendered his resignation, but it did not take the relegated side much time before replacing him.
Ambani, who left Nairobi Stima, will be the assistant to Ahmed Mohamed, who was elevated to the head of the technical bench at Wazito following the exit of Frank Ouna. Ouna has since joined newly promoted Kenyan Premier League side, KCB.
Meanwhile, George Owoko replaces Ibrahim Shikanda at Nairobi Stima. KCB got promoted to the top tier alongside National Super League winner Western Stima while Wazito dropped to the second tier together with Thika United.
POSTA RANGERS COACH REVEALS TARGET FOR NEW SEASON
Posta Rangers head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo says this time round he is going for fresh and raw talent ahead of the new season.
The mailmen struggled badly in the just concluded season and had to wait until the final game of the season to know their fate. ‘Pamzo’ has reiterated the need to restructure his team in this short pre-season to avoid a repeat of 2018.
“It will be tough to prize away players from other clubs owing to the short period in between the just concluded season and the new one. As a result, we have decided to do things differently this season. We will have our trials and go for fresh talent, players who can give us what we want.
“Last season was not our best and we want to avoid that, by restructuring it means we want to make the team better,” Omollo told Goal in an interview.
The team is set to release few players to create space for the coming ones.
MATASI SEALS TRANSFER SWITCH TO ST.GEORGES OF ETHIOPIA
Harambee Stars keeper Patrick Matasi has officially been unveiled at St. Georges of Ethiopia.
The transfer comes just hours after Goal exclusively reported that only the World governing body Fifa was standing in the way of Matasi from sealing the much anticipated switch after Football Kenya Federation approved the same.
Matasi has been on top form for both club and country, something that caught the eye of the Ethiopian giants. Matasi says he is ready for the new challenge ahead and hopes he will have an instant impact for his new team.
“I have today (Thursday) committed to play for the Mighty Saint Georges football club for the next three years. It is a challenge I accept with confidence and excitement. I believe this is the right moment for me to take over this new assignment."
This move will definitely push Tusker to venture into the transfer window with an intention of getting a replacement.
AFC LEOPARDS LOSE NIGERIAN STRIKER TO ETHIOPIA
AFC Leopards striker Alex Orotomal has been unveiled in Ethiopia.
The lanky Nigerian attacker has officially left the Den to sign for St. Georges in a deal that will see Ingwe receive Sh1.5m from the Ethiopian giants.
On Friday, Goal exclusively reported that Ingwe had reached an agreement to release the Nigerian striker after they accepted a Sh1.5m bid from the club. A source privy to the deal confirmed to Goal that the lanky Nigerian striker was already training with St. Georges awaiting the two clubs to reach an agreement before he signs a contract that was likely to be two years.
"St George's fourth foreign player. The 26-year-old Alex Orotomal from Kenya joins the team on a two-year contract," confirmed the club.
Orotomal signed for Ingwe from Rwandan side Sunrise FC and was used in the second leg of the Kenyan Premier League season.