KPL transfer window opens tonight
The Kenyan Premier League transfer window will open at midnight tonight and pundits are predicting a particularly active period as clubs look to overhaul, fine tune and beef up their squads.
League champions Gor Mahia will be hard pressed to retain the services of their top striker Dan Sserunkuma, who has reportedly received several offers from clubs in other African leagues.
If indeed the Ugandan striker leaves, then K’Ogalo will only spot the inexperienced Timothy Otieno as the only notable striker.
There are also reports that Gor Mahia are looking to buy Sofapaka’s wonder kid Abdul Fiston, Batoto ba Mungu President Elly Kalekwa maintains that the striker is not for sale.
But the lack of a sponsor means that K’Ogalo’s days of lavish spending are long gone, as confirmed by their modest mid-season purchases that only included players from the lower tier leagues and free agents.
“We have to make new purchases to replace those who will leave and also to beef up the squad as we seek to launch an assault in the continental stage,” club chairman Ambrose Rachier told Nairobi News.
League runners up, Sofapaka, on the on the hand, boast of an already solid squad, but even Kalekwa admits that they will have to sign quality players if they are to stand a chance in their continental assignments.
AFC Leopards are also keen on retaining several players following reports that a number of their squad members are on their way out.
Ingwe had a below par performance last season and if the reports of player dissent is anything to go by, the team is likely to contend with a mass exodus ahead of the 2015 window.
OUT OF FAVOUR
Their Dutch coach Pieter De Jongh is also said to be on his way out although out of favour first choice goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya seems to warming his way back into the team.
Their mid-season acquisition Kenneth Wendo has also indicated that he will soon leave the den. The contracts of 2014 Player of the Year Anthony Ndolo of Sofpaka and Tusker’s Khalid Aucho have also run out.
At the same time, Joshua Oyoo are in negotiation with KCB that will see them retain defender Mark Odhiambo whose loan deal from Tusker has expired.
Sofapaka’s Bob Mugalia, who has struggled with play time at Tusker is also on his way back to Sofapaka after the expiry of his loan deal.