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AFC in new transfer worry as Miheso’s contract nears a close

AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars winger Clifton Miheso.PHOTO/courtesy.
AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars winger Clifton Miheso.PHOTO/courtesy.

NAIROBI, Kenya, June 11- As they seek to strengthen for the second leg of the Kenyan Premier League season, AFC Leopards are faced with another transfer puzzle to solve with winger Clifton Miheso’s contract set to end June 31.

The former Thika United player joined Ingwe at the beginning of the season after choosing not to extend his contract with Finnish top tier side VPS over a contractual disagreement and instead decided to open a six month contract at AFC Leopards.

Speaking to Capital Sport, Miheso has confided that he has on his table several offers locally and out of the country but is yet to make a decision on his next move.

“There are clubs I am talking to including AFC Leopards but I have not settled on anything yet. There are clubs locally and out of the country as well but my agent and I will work on something depending on which will have the best terms,” Miheso stated.

He has been one of the best performers for Ingwe in the first leg having scored thrice.

Miheso says he has enjoyed his six months stay at Ingwe but remains non-committal on whether or not he will renew his contract, but he says it depends on the kind of offer put on his table.

“It has been tough but I think we have performed well in some matches and in some we would have done better. Nonetheless, I believe personally I had a good time in the first leg,” he said.

AFC Leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert in training.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.
AFC Leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert in training.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.

Miheso’s situation comes after Leopards released 17 players with head coach Ivan Minnaert looking to create room for fresh blood in a bid to bolster for the second leg.

The team has already snapped up three players with midfielder Harun Nyakha arriving from Tusker FC, defender Charles Bruno from Sony Sugar and winger Yussuf Suf from City Stars.

Reports also suggest striker Kepha Aswani might be headed to  Al Nasr in Oman and the news of the departure of these two who have been Ingwe’s most hard working players will not be welcome for Minnaert and his technical bench.

Leopards are also linked with the return of three of their former players in Bandari’s right-back Edwin Wafula and midfielder Bernard Mang’oli as well as forward Allan Wanga whose contract with Azam ended.

However, Minnaert is non-committal on whether three players will return to the team.

One of the players the coach has continually worked to bring to the den is Malian striker Ismaila Diarra and the release of Ivory Coast striker Lamin Diallo might be a move to create room for the Malian whose contract with Rayon Sport ended.