Kagere in action for Gor Mahia in a past match in 2015
AFC Leopards closing in on Kagere, two others
By Dan Ngulu | Thu 16 Jun, 2016 18:32

After missing out on a return to Gor Mahia, Rwandan forward Meddie Kagere could still land in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) for a second stint, with AFC Leopards confirming advanced talks with the striker who netted 13 goals for Gor Mahia last season as K’Ogalo went on to win the title.

AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule has confirmed that the former Rwanda international is top of their wish list as part of the efforts to sharpen up the team after an unconvincing first half of the season.

Three confirmed

While Kagere is still in talks with the side, Mule has confirmed the addition of three more players, Ian Otieno from Posta Rangers and Bandari FC duo of Bernard Mangoli and Edwin Wafula who return after spending six months with the Dockers.

“We have completed the deals for the three; we reached an agreement with Rangers for Ian and Bandari for the two and they were in training today. We are still engaging the players though concerning the duration of their contracts.

“As for Kagere, talks are at a very advanced stage and we are hopeful that we will reach a deal. Maybe an announcement will be made on Monday,” he said.

The team might have a new face in the second half of the season if the confirmed transfer targets find their way to the club.

Kiongera and Ndirangu

Mule revealed further that the team is in the chase for Paul Kiongera and John Ndirangu’s signatures while Muhoroni Youth skipper Abbas Akinyemi is trying out with the team and the management awaits the coach’s assessment.

“We are in talks with Kiongera and Ndirangu and for them it is not yet secured but a deal could be on the way. As for Abbas, he is in trials with the team and was in training today. The coach will have a report on him then we can act on that,” he added.

Saleh return

The team’s transfer activity will also be looking to capture former skipper Jackson Saleh who has had a tough time at Gor Mahia, playing in just one game in the first half of the season.

“We are talking to Gor Mahia to bring back Saleh on loan and we are also crossing fingers on that,” he noted.

Mule however clarified that the club’s pursuit of Kevin Kimani, whose proposed move to Jomo Cosmos fell through, may never happen with the player seemingly interested in a move elsewhere.

Dan Ngulu

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