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Tusker keep chase for West African duo

Tusker will start their CAF Champions League campaign away to Mauritania side AS Port-Louis 2000 on the weekend of February 10, 2017.PHOTO/courtesy

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6- Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC are chasing two West African players, a striker and midfielder as they look to strengthen the squad for the grueling 2017 season.

The club has already snapped up defenders Vincent Omumbo from Thika United and Samuel Olwande from Chemelil Sugar while midfielder Sidney Ochieng has joined from Kisumu based National Super League side Palos FC.

Tusker has also recalled young goalkeeper Bryne Omondi from his loan spell at Agro Chemicals.

“We have been talking to them (West Africans) and though it is a bit hard because of their demands, we are still working to see whether we can get them. In the next one week, we should have known the way forward. If we miss out on them, then we will be forced to look within,” Obiny offered.

He also said they are in the chase of an unnamed winger from one of the top KPL sides and should be done with their transfer business with the acquisition of the three.

Obiny has also disclosed they will be releasing four players to make room for the new signings, with utility player Osborne Monday looking set to have already left the team after the expiry of his contract.

“I have not seen him in training since the rest of the team resumed and I have only been told he is training with Kariobangi Sharks. His contract had ended and we were yet to sit down and discuss a new deal,” Obiny said.

The Brewers will look to offload fringe players and with the return of Omondi from Agro, one of the three Tusker keepers will have to leave.

Tusker had David Okello, Martin Musalia and experienced Duncan Ochieng’ within their ranks last season.

Meanwhile, Ugandan midfielder Hashim Ssempala has returned to the club after a trial stint in Vietnam.

“We don’t really understand what the deal was there, but I don’t think we want to let him go now. He is an important player for us and we will only let him go if there is something concrete on the table. He has returned to the team and is training with the rest,” the CEO added.