The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) midseason transfer window slammed shut on Saturday 2 July at midnight, bringing to an end the month long player transfers in the top flight as clubs moved to strengthen their positions in the season.
Three clubs stood out for a busy period during the window, registering and releasing players amounting to double figures. Sofapaka was the busiest, shipping in 21 new players and releasing 23, a clear indicator of the 2009 KPL champions season – the team is placed bottom of the log on seven points from 16 matches. The team has just three players remaining from the team that featured in the first leg.
Ushuru FC was the second most active, in the window, bringing on board 13 new players and letting go of 15. Like Sofapaka, Ushuru FC did not have a very good first leg and the massive transfer activity was expected and it started paying off immediately with the team getting a 2 – 1 win over Sony Sugar in the first match of the second leg.
AFC Leopards was the third most active. The club signed 11 new players and released a confirmed 16 after an unconvincing first leg that saw the team manage just five wins from 15. Despite their massive transfer activity, the club opened the second leg with a loss to Chemelil Sugar.
Nine at Muhoroni
Muhoroni Youth was also active in the window, and confirmed a total nine new players to the team. A surprise inclusion to the side as confirmed by the KPL’s official release, is Masita Masuta, who had established himself well at Nzoia United in the first leg. The team released 11.
Bandari FC, Sony Sugar, Chemelil Sugar, Kakamega Homeboyz, and Nairobi City Stars each signed eight new players, Tusker shipped in six while Gor Mahia, Posta Rangers and Thika United each signed five players.
Western Stima has four new men and Mathare United has three with the least active team being Ulinzi Stars, having signed two new players.
Of the 16 teams in the league, Thika United takes the honors as being the only team that did not release a player in the midseason window.