Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia have signed heavily in a bid to bolster their team ahead of the daunting CAF Champions League campaign.
After Football Kenya Federation’s (FKFs) decision to allow them sign up to seven foreign players, K’Ogalo have gone on a spending spree to spruce up the side in anticipation of an uphill task in the coming season.
Striker Farouk Ssentongo and midfielder Khalid Aucho, both Ugandans, will join compatriots Israel Emuge and Godfrey Walusimbi who are already in the team.
Liberian stopper Dirkir Glay was signed from Thika United after the imminent departure of David Owino and Ghanaian striker Toufiq Zachary was also brought in from Dubai’s Al Shabby. Another foreigner snapped up last evening was 23-year old Burundian midfielder Pierre Kwizera who moves from Atletico Olympique.
Local players signed by K’Ogalo include the experienced Jerry Santo from Tanzanian league side Coastal Union, goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch and Victor Ali Abondo from Tusker FC, Ronald Omino from Muhoroni Youth and youngsters Martin Werunga, Ernest Wendo and David Magoma all from National Super League side Talanta.
The new recruits will be unveiled on Thursday after which coach Frank Nuttal will oversee his first training session after arriving Wednesday from his Christmas break. The team had already started their pre-season preparations on Monday.
The signing of Aucho and Santo is expected to strengthen Gor’s midfield after the departure of Geoffrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, the latter relishing the prospect of filling those boots.
“Gor is a big team with a big following and I am glad to join them. They have ambition and playing in the Champions League is a challenge I would really want to feel. It is I must agree, but I am determined to work hard help the team get good results,” said Santo.
The new acquisitions are a statement of intent from the 14-time KPL champions who were tipped to struggle following the departure of influential players Owino, Kizito and Danny Sserunkuma.
Gor have been drawn against Madagascan side CNaPS in the preliminary round of the Champions League.