Mike Simiyu (Right) formerly with Gor Mahia is on the verge of joining Mathare United
Gor Mahia defender training with Mathare United
By Zachary Oguda | Fri 12 Jan, 2018 19:06

Gor Mahia left back Mike Simiyu was rendered clubless after being released by Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia at the end of the 2017 season but the player seems to have been handed a new lease of life by Mathare United.

Simiyu has been training with the Slum Boys in the team's preseason engagements but according to head coach Francis Kimanzi, the club is yet to reach the decision on whether or not to rope in the former Muhoroni Youth player.

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The coach in an interview with Soka, admitted they have identified areas to strengthen in the team.

“Simiyu has been training with us for some time now but we are yet to decide whether or not he will be part of the team. We need strengthening in certain areas and we will have to be quick since this year the preseason period is a short one,” Kimanzi opined.

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Job Ochieng

Kimanzi further hailed the acquisition of youthful goalkeeper Job Ochieng who is thought to be keeper Levis Opiyo's replacement after the latter's contract with the club elapsed at the end of 2017.

“I don’t want to talk about players who are not in the team. Levis' contract came to an end last year and as a free agent he is free to talk with any club. As per the tradition of the club, we have elevated Job (Ochieng) to the first team and I believe is a capable keeper who will be better with time. Mine now is to work with the people I have in camp as the season is fast approaching,” Kimanzi added.

The team begins their 2018 KPL season with a tie against league newbies Vihiga United on 3 February.

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Zachary Oguda

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