KPL Transfers: Ulinzi Stars the least active, Wazito the busiest

The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) off-season transfer window officially closed on Monday 2 August after three months of activity and at the end of it, 219 players have new employers.

Of the 219 moves made, Ulinzi Stars was the least active, adding just five new faces to their ranks. The team has confirmed the addition to its ranks of, defender Quintine Indeche, who featured for the club’s U20 side in 2016.

Apart from Indeche, the team will also have Kelvin Thairu, who last season featured for Mount Kenya United in the KPL. Also enlisted for the team is defender Cyril Nasiali, picked from the inter – military brigades games played in July in Nakuru.

Midfielder Edgar Mukolwe, also scouted in the inter-military brigade games is also included in the final list, as is defender Byron Odiaga, son to the late former Kenyan international Steve Odiaga.

Kariobangi Sharks

Kariobangi Sharks was the second least active in the period, shopping for just six players, to replace the departing eight.

The team has signed defender Daniel Sakari from Kakamega Homeboyz, Patrick Otieno from Nzoia Sugar FC, Samuel Olwande from Mathare United, Amani Kyata from Mount Kenya United, Brian Opondo from Sony Sugar and John Omondi from Emanani Secondary School.

Mathare United

2008 KPL champions Mathare United were the third least active, with seven new signings in the transfer window

Top of the list is Kelvin Omondi, who returns to the team after stints at Muhoroni Youth and most recently Mount Kenya United. Kennedy Ochieng has also joined in from Thika United, while Daniel Otieno has been brought in from Sony Sugar and Lazo Nangela from Nairobi Stima.

Mathare United also made a move at Wazito FC to pick Wilson Anekeya then raided second tier side St. Joseph’s FC for Dennis Ochieng and Stephen Otieno.

Bandari

Bandari FC was the fourth least active in the periond, signing eight new players, among them Mohamed Katana from Leixoes SC in Portugal and Beurundian keeper Justin Ndikumana from Sofapaka.

Also joining the team is Cliff Kasuti, who was with Sofapaka for one season. Others are: Danson Namasaka (Zoo FC), Alex Luganji (Nairobi Stima FC), Sosthenes Idah (Kakamega Homeboyz FC), Patrick Ndwiga (Nairobi Stima FC), and Kelvin Onsongo (Maseno University).

KCB

Apart from the four, KCB is the only other team to have signed less than 10 players in the transfer period, having brought in nine new faces.

The team has signed former Sofapaka duo of Stephen Waruru and Dennis Odhiambo, made the trip to Gor Mahia to sign defender Pascal Ogweno and picked Kisumu All Stars duo of Ian Motanda and Moses Odhiambo.

Enock Agwanda and Allan Owinyi have also also joined in from Sont Sugar and Mathare United respectively while Stephen Ochieng joins from Fortune Sacco and Reagan Paul is brought in from Busia Olympics.

Most active

with 20 new players, newly promoted Wazito FC was the most active in the period, followed by Sony Sugar, who shipped in 18 new faces and Zoo on 17 new players.

Nzoia Sugar FC and Chemelil Sugar FC were also very active, bringing in 16 new players each, while AFC Leopards side 15 as Gor Mahia and Western Stima each picked 14 new signings.