Mieno returns ‘home’ to Leopards


MIENO-MALAWINAIROBI, Kenya, June 18 – GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards, have once again entered into Kenyan Premier League (KPL) records of big spenders after they splashed Sh1.2m (USD 13,691) to acquire the services of former Azam FC midfielder Humphrey Mieno from Sofapaka.

Club Secretary General, George Aladwa, told Capital Sport Wednesday they will make further forays into the market since they are hunting three more forwards after the departure of star striker Allan Wanga to Sudanese giants Al-Merreikh.

Leopards, who lost 2-1 to Tusker in the Top 8 final last weekend, are after the signatures of Brewers goal poacher Jesse Were, Western Stima forward Collins Neto and KRA’s Geoffrey Kataka who earned his maiden call up to Harambee Stars last month.

“We want to win the league and also defend the GOtv title, that’s why we want to strengthen our squad before the second leg kicks-off which I believe will be tough,” the secretary club who are rumoured to have secured the services of another top midfielder they declined to disclose said..

Batoto Ba Mungu top the list of biggest spenders after getting the signature of Burundian Fiston Abdoul from Lydia Ludic Academic on a whooping Sh2.15m (USD 24,570).

Champions Gor Mahia have captured midfielder Collins Okoth who made a come back on a free transfer that cost Sh30, 000 and JMJ Academy forward Timothy Otieno on a six months loan.

However, Secretary General, Chris Omondi, confirmed they are still in talks with midfielder Eric Ochieng, forward Rama Salim and Timonah Wanyonyi to renew their contracts that are about to elapse.

Other notable players who have made a move include striker Meshack Karani from Mathare United to Chemelil sugar on Sh200, 000 while Moses Odhiambo ditched Gor for Thika United.

Struggling KCB have signed three in Mark Odhiambo on loan from Tusker, Abbas Kiwalabye from Super League side Bidco United and Ugandan Ronald Musana.

It was a sigh of relief for Ulinzi Stars head coach Robert Matano after players who were signed at the start of the season will be available for selection in second leg after completing their military training.

Former Thika United attacker John Nairuka, City Stars duo of John Makwata and Boniface Onyango, as well as Rodgers Ochieng, Aggrey Meja from their junior side Ulinzi Warriors.

The second leg will kick-off next weekend.