Focus on new signings ahead of KPL Season

By francis marangu
Jan 31, 2022
  • Kevin Ochieng from Mathare United clears the ball as Francis Ocholla of Western Stima closes in. Mathare has lost key players to financially stable clubs. (Photo:SNA File)

Top Fry AllStars who will make their debut in the Kenyan Premier League has hired German coach Oliver Page on a two-year.

The former Nairobi City Stars coach will be deputized by Peter Okidi who steered the team to promotion last season. Page, who was unveiled on Wednesday, has set his long-term goal to ensure the club remains in the top league on their debut.

"I am delighted to take over the head coach job at this club, a club that I have admired for some while now,” he was quoted by the club’s website. “What I admire most about this club is their emphasis on laying down a very good foundation for young players in the way they run their youth structures. I want to bring in my ideas so that we can have a very good team in the Premier League,” said Page a UEFA Pro licensed coach.

Kenya Revenue Authority, the other league newcomers, has signed former Gor Mahia defender Ivan Anguyo. KRA is also chasing the experienced duo of Christopher Wekesa and Joseph Emeka.

Mathare United has roped in experienced duo of former Tusker defender Noah Abich and midfielder Joseph Njuguna who played for Gor Mahia last season. Mathare is in the recovery mode after losing key players to financially stable clubs.

High-profile signing

Bandari’s transfer business has been equally rewarding with the high profile signing of striker Kepha Aswani from Thika United. Aswani is on a season-long loan deal and will be joined by former club mate Yusuf Chanji. Pattilah Omotto has also signed for the Dockers on a season-long loan deal from Kariobangi Sharks.

Other notable signings include Kennedy Oduor from Sofapaka, Victor Ndinya previously with Pako Juniors, Mohammed Mwachiponi from Karuturi Sports, Justus Anene from African Lyon of Tanzania and Bruno Sserunkuma who previously turned out for Nairobi City Stars.

The club has at the same time renewed contracts for three players; Ali Bhai, Humphrey Okoti and Victor Majid.

Tusker FC has brought on board former league’s best player Kevin Kimani on a two-year deal and Bob Mugalia from Sofapaka on a season-long loan deal. Defender Duncan Wafula has joined the brewers from Busia United with striker Rodgers Omondi and goalkeeper Faruk Shikalo signing from FC Talanta.

KCB has welcomed back two former players; Ezekiel Odera who was dropped by Thika United and Mungai Kiongera who was on loan to Gor Mahia. Francis Ouma, the 2008 golden boot winner deserted Mathare United for KCB.

Other key signings for KCB include Edmond Ochieng from Western Stima and Sosthenes Ida from Bandari.

Ulinzi shape up in Mombasa

Former champions Ulinzi Stars has been busy shaping up in Mombasa with a follow-up camp in Loitoktok. AFC Leopards, the 2013 league runners-up opted for an in-house training camp at the Mumias Sports Complex.

Champions Gor Mahia lured back old boys Rama Salim and George “blackberry” Odhiambo after unsuccessful stints abroad.

Sofapaka, one of the possible title contenders, highlighted its market adventure by signing Clifton Miheso from Thika United. The club also secored the signatures of  Maurice Odipo (formerly of Bandari), Humphrey Mieno who returns from Azam FC of Tanzania, Heavenar Maloba who played professional football in Sweden and goalkeeper Barnabas Tiema from AFC Leopards.

Meanwhile, preparations for the new season are on course with KPL and Sports Ground Safety Authority scheduling a security workshop that will bring together top club officials, security officers as well as stadia owners. The workshop will run from February 12 to 13.

League organizers have already carried out match venue inspection with Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos getting the nod to host league matches while Thika Municipal Stadium was recommended for renovation.

The 2013 KPL season is slated to kick off on February 15.