NAIROBI, Kenya, July 4 –Football Kenya Federation (FKF) has officially released the June Kenyan Premier League transfer list that saw Allan Wanga return to Tusker FC.
However, the surprise move saw veteran defender Noah Abich sign for cash-strapped Sofapaka from Mathare United.
Abich, who has featured for Harambee Stars, was signed on a free transfer same as midfielder Eric Ochieng who joined Batoto ba Mungu from champions Gor Mahia.
Sofapaka were the busiest in the mid-season transfer window that closed July 2, signing 20 players after struggling in the first leg where they only recorded two wins, drawing one and losing 13 to stare relegation for the first time since being promoted in 2009.
Their poor string of results was necessitated by the mass exodus of players at the start of the season after experiencing financial constraints.
The two seasoned players have an uphill task of redeeming the image of the 2009 KPL champions as they find a team that has inexperience players.
Gor brought in seven players headlined by Ugandan-born Rwandan striker Meddie Kagere who is making a comeback to the three-peat KPL champions to reunite with his former striking partner at Amavubi Stars, Jacques Tuyisenge.
Anthony Mbugua is the only little known joining the giants from Liberty Academy while skipper Jerim Fredrick Onyango and forward George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo renewed their contracts.
The departure of midfielder Khalid Aucho and lack of International Transfer Certificate for Brazilian Thiago Lima Da Silva cut out the work for K’Ogalo head coach Jose Marcelo to accommodate Kagere as they had already the foreign quota as per the KPL rules.
Their eternal rivals AFC Leopards were the second busiest, recruiting 15 players highlighted by the return of their former captain and center-back Jackson Saleh on loan from Gor where he had less play time.
The acquisition of forward Paul Kiongera from Tanzanian giants Simba was the biggest signing while Jack Bruno, Valdo Madegwa and Stephano Tololwa, the brother to Andrew were promoted from the Ingwe junior side.
GOtv shield champions Bandari made 10 signings but none of the new players came from the top flight league as Ugandans Musa Mudde and Andrew Waiswa renewed their contracts.
Ten-time KPL champions Tusker brought on board six players with Wanga hitting the headlines with a comeback to a club that moulded him, where he is remembered by notching 21 goals in 2007.
George Mandela is the other notable signing from Muhoroni Youth to join Ugandan Hashim Sampela, Robert Omunuk and the duo of Brian Lutta and John Mabia who were promoted from the youth team.
A total of 69 transfers were completed on July 2, 2016 with Uganda forming the majority of foreign nationals who made moves to KPL, having 21 players.
Nineteen players were loaned out, 15 renewed their contracts as 33 transferred from lower leagues to join KPL clubs while 47 transferred from KPL to lower leagues.