Gor Mahia raids Tusker in one of deadline day’s big swoops

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia were among the active sides late into the night on the midseason transfer deadline day, Monday 8 April, as clubs moved to bolster their ranks for the final turn of the season.

As the month – long window shut, Gor Mahia just about managed to get hold of Tusker FC skipper Hashim Sempala in one of the unexpected swoops that marked a late rush by clubs.

Unsettled

Sempala was unsettled at Tusker after reportedly falling out with head coach Robert Matano, with allegations that he questioned the coach’s tactics in the team’s recent matches.

The Ugandan, who was brought to Tusker by former coach Paul Nkata in mid 2016, and played a key role in Tusker winning the league and cup double that year, will sure be a massive addition to the side and will hope to emulate the success of his countrymen, Khalid Aucho and Geoffrey Kizito, who also played in the same role.

Eugene Asike

The midfielder was not the only major catch by clubs on final day; while he crossed over to Gor Mahia, Tusker FC roped in Eugene Asike, for a second stint after the defender spent the first leg unattached.

AFC Leopards was also an active house on the final day, roping in Kenyan international Paul Were as well as Mount Kenya United winger Boniface Mukhekhe.

Ulinzi Stars paid Kariobangi Sharks a visit to sign winger Moses Mwangi as well.

We will have a comprehensive list of deadline day transfer activity in due course.