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The intrigues of club transfer window catching up in Kenya

With the Sportpesa Premier League currently on mid-season break, the transfer window takes us away from the drama on the pitch to the strategic balancing acts of the boardroom as coaches look to strengthen or, and as has become the norm in the Kenyan scene, rebuild their teams.

By Derrick Kirakadkiraka@kenyafreepress.comTuesday, 14 Jun 2016 14:40 EAT

With the Sportpesa Premier League currently on mid-season break, the transfer window takes us away from the drama on the pitch to the strategic balancing acts of the boardroom as coaches look to strengthen or, and as has become the norm in the Kenyan scene, rebuild their teams.

In many ways, there will be many new faces as there will be old faces on the prowl for new homes. Here are some of the names making the transfer headlines.

 

Lamine Diallo

The Ivorian failed to nail a regular starting berth at AFC Leopards and has now moved on to Ushuru FC.

Diallo, who will best be remembered this season for breaking Gor Mahia’s 35-match unbeaten run with an 80th minute goal in the Mashemeji Derby on March 6th, joined Ingwe from Al Swaafa at the beginning of 2015 but has failed to impress at the club, hitting just one goal in the 2015 season.

He began the 2016 season with a bang, hitting four goals in three games but has failed to impress AFC coach Ivan Minnaert in subsequent appearances.

He was among seventeen players to be released by the club as it seeks to turnaround its fortune that has seen it slip from first to sixth on the log, winning none of its last five games; drawing two and losing three.

 

Barnabas Tiema

A more familiar name in the Kenyan football scene, Tiema has had a complete footballing career. The journey man, who has made appearances for AFC, Gor and more recently Sofapaka has been deployed as both a goalkeeper and a forward.

The versatile player has signed for Ushuru FC as he seeks a new lease of life at the tax collectors after enduring a tough first leg of 2016 Sportpesa Premier League with Sofapaka.

He joins Ushuru as a goalkeeper, a role he also played at Sofapaka.

 

Baron Oketch Jobita

The 20-year old winger has been signed to the reigning premier league champions Gor Mahia after an impressive first half campaign with Western Stima in which he scored four goals in 15 games, after scoring five in 30 in the whole 2015 season.

Oketch, who is itching on his leash and eager to display his talents for one of Kenya’s biggest clubs, nurtured his skills at Kakamega High School with the school team Green Commandos. He joined Western Stima in 2013 and featured in the team that won the 2013 KPL Under-19 competition that year.

 

Timmonah Wanyonyi

The midfielder has parted ways with Tusker FC by mutual consent after bemoaning lack of sufficient game time after joining them early in the season.

The tiny midfielder, who has been known for his effervescent style of play forced an exit from Gor Mahia to AFC, a move he termed as acting on the wishes of his father who once played for Ingwe.

He is a product of Aspire Academy, a Qatari-based foundation that aims to nurture world-class athletes.

Wanyonyi has only made a handful of appearances for the Brewers in the concluded first leg of the season.

 

Bernard Mang’oli

Mang’oli is one of Kenya’s finest midfielders, known and loved by football lovers in Kenya for his passing accuracy and dominant play in midfield. He was named AFC’s best player in 2012 season before being nominated in the ‘best midfielder’ category in 2013.

Mang’oli has played for AFC, Sofapaka and Bandari but has found himself restless at Bandari. There are currently talks that could see him make appearances for either AFC or Rangers.

He is a student at Kenyatta University and started his the JMJ football Academy, where he was spotted by AFC scouts.

Kiraka is a student of journalism at the Technical University of Kenya (TUK). His interests are business, politics, sports and media criticism.





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