NAIROBI, June 11 – Chances of Ugandan forward Dani Sserunkuma rejoining champions Gor Mahia hangs by the thread after the club announced it has put on hold the process of acquiring his signature.
Club Assistant Secretary General, Ronald Ngala who confirmed the signing of striker Enoch Agwanda from Sofapaka, told Capital Sport it will be difficult for Sserunkuma to come back in the team since they already have seven foreign players.
Kenyan Premier League rules allows a team to field five foreign players in a match, meaning the champions will only accommodate the dread-locked talisman if they dropped one non-Kenyan.
Football Kenya Federation allowed Gor and GOtv Shield Champions Sofapaka to sign seven foreign players but Ngala said they have not decided whom to release having already let go defender Kevin Oluoch to Muhoroni Youth.
“Sserunkuma is around but we have slowed the process of pursuing his signature since we have already seven foreigners. The coach said we should limit the number of foreigners not unless one is exceptional.
“For now our priority is not on them until KPL Governing Council who are set to meet, clarify on who should be considered a foreigner or who is a refugee,” Ngala said.
Sserunkuma became a free agent after mutually terminating his contract with Tanzania giants, Simba SC and there were reports that Gor had given him a six month deal that could have seen head coach Frank Nuttall spoiled for choice on whom to bench upfront considering Rwandan Meddie Kagere and youngster Michael Olunga impressive form so far.
Agwanda who penned a two-year deal after terminating his contract with Batoto Ba Mungu, becomes the first mid-season signing for K’Ogalo who are targeting to recruit a central defender as well as attacking midfielder.
The 14 times record national champions are also chasing after the signature of South Africa’s Amazulu speedy winger Paul Were and Ngala said they will conclude talks with the former AFC Leopards player once he is done with the national duty.
“Agwanda is a good player who can bully defenders, we have agreed in some of the principles but we are yet to finalize on few things. We have met with Were and he is willing to join Gor, we are waiting a release letter from his club which his agent is following then we can agree on terms.
“We are still not sure whom we will release until next week because we have a lean squad and we have financial challenges which might force us to retain them,” Ngala added.
The Assistant Secretary General said they are targeting a semifinal reach at this year’s Cecafa Club Championships after bowing out at the preliminary round last season without a win.