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Aswani ready to fire at Bandari


KEPHA-ASWANINAIROBI, Kenya, January 13 – Newly signed Bandari FC forward, Kepha Aswani, targets to net at least ten goals in the first leg of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) that kicks-off on the weekend of February 15.

The striker, who rejoined Thika United mid last season after a short spell with Oman side Al Nasr, told Capital Sport he wants to regain his fitness and hopefully earn a re-call to the national team.

“For now I’m just focused on building  my football career since I have been away for so long from my fans. I have set targets that I want to achieve by the end of the first leg,  and that is to score at least ten goals by mid-season.

“What motivated me to join Bandari, is because I wanted  to avoid my friends in the neighborhood and concentrate on  football. I hope I will regain my form so that I can play for the national team, but for now I’m happy at Bandari and I’m ready to give my best at the club,” the former Thika United striker told.

The 25-year-old did not have the best of his times last season after ditching his old time club Thika for Oman, where he had an unsuccessful stint.

Aswani has signed a two-year deal with the Mombasa-based side, and joins former Nairobi City Stars striker Bruno Sserunkuma and Karuturi Sports forward Mohammed Mwachiponi, who are the latest to sign for the club.

Meanwhile Sofapaka new custodian Barnabas Tiema, says his ultimate aim is to play professional football outside the country.

“I’m very happy to have joined Sofapaka, since I hope I will get enough airtime to play. Last year it was so difficult for me at AFC leopards, since I faced a lot of frustrations from coaches, I believe I had the qualities but Ingwe did not give me the chance to prove my self. I have come far with the club and I still salute them.

“Football is all about competition and when you get a coach and who has confidence in you, I’m very comfortable with Sofapaka because it’s a bigger team in our country. So I will fight for my place with Duncan Ochien’g and David Okello,” the former AFC Leopards keeper stated.

Tiema, who penned a two year deal with the Batoto Ba Mungu, replaced recently signed George Opiyo, who the doctor recommended be sidelined for one year to nurse a knee injury.

The shot-stopper becomes the latest player to join the 2009 champions after Anthony Ndolo, Celestine Habonimana, Abdul Razak Fiston and Clifftone Miheso.