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AFC Leopards loses out to signing star Rwandan striker

AFC Leopards have lost out on the potential signing of Rwandan striker Ernest Sugira.

Leopards have been on the player’s trail for sometime and were even reported to be considering acquiring him in June.

Instead, the lanky forward has agreed a deal to join Congolese giants AS Vita in a deal reported to be worth sh13 million.

Sugira, who was scouted by the Congolese club during the 2015 Africa Nations Championship in Rwanda, arrived in Kinshasa on Monday afternoon and was received at the airport by AS Vita coach Florent Ibenge.

Leopards coach Ivan Minnaert is now expected to concentrate on securing his other targets, including Kenya international Mungai Kiongera and Rwandan based Mali Ismailia Diarra, who has scored 12 goals in eleven league games in the Rwandan league this season.

Leopards have been struggling for goals this season and are yet to find the back of the net in the last two games.

As a result, the club has slumped from top to sixth on the Kenyan Premier League standings after 13 rounds of matches.

Sugira’s deal meanwhile, is about four times more than the amount Gor Mahia paid Rwanda Police to capture another Rwandan hitman Jacques Tuyisenge earlier this year.