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Jesse Were named best player in 2017 by his Zambian club

Kenyan forward Jesse Were has been honoured with three different awards in absentia in Zambia, in what could be his last season in the Zambian top-flight league.

The 27-year-old is holidaying in Nairobi following an understanding season in Zambia, in the just concluded campaign.

Were led the line for Zesco United, helping the team reclaim the league title and progress to the quarters of the Caf Africa Confederations Cup.

These successes, which also had him score 18 league goals, and 25 overall in the calendar year, have not gone unnoticed.


Over the weekend, the former Tusker player was named by his club as the best player this season.

He was also honoured with the top scorer’s gong.

Separately, Were who came second on the top-scorer’s list in the Zambian league, has been listed in the league’s team of the season.

Also in the team is his compatriot and international centre back David ‘Calabar’ Owino.

At the moment, Were’s managers are locked in negotiations with three South African sides including Free State Stars and Ajax Cape Town, who are keen to sign him. Were has also drawn the attention of clubs in the Gulf and Egypt.

According to top South African website, it will require Sh16.5 million for Zesco to release Were.


Harambee Stars striker Jesse Were in action during a past training session at Safaricom Stadium. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO