Home is always best, they say, and this was well manifested in the recently shut Kenyan Premier League (KPL) transfer window, as a number of top players found their way back to their former teams in a busy transfer period that saw a total of 219 players switching to new clubs.
At AFC Leopards, two very familiar faces were welcomed back on the final day of the transfers – Monday 2 September. Signing up for the third time at the team, was winger Paul Were, whose second stint was a short term deal that came to a close at the end of last season.
Were, a member of Kenya’s 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) team was released by the club in July before the two parties made an about turn on the deadline day.
Another familiar face at the club is winger Clyde Senaji, who briefly featured for the team two seasons ago before decamping to Tusker. His departure from Tusker on the final day was clouded in controversy with reports indicating that he went missing just before being confirmed at AFC Leopards.
Kakamega Homeboyz will also have well known faces reuniting with the side. Steven Wakhanya, who left the team to join the relegated Vihiga United side, is back at Kakamega and has been confirmed among the new catches.
Also returning for a second stint, is winger Noah Wafula, who has spent a season away, having left for a short stint in Uganda with Vipers SC then returned to the country to join Tusker for another short stint.
Homeboyz also welcomed back a prodigal son in the shape of Ronald Omino. The striker was part of the team at its formation and went on to feature for Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar. His career, and earlier promise has been hampered greatly by injury but he will be hoping to rediscover his best in Kakamega.
Mathare United will also see the return of a key player, in Kelvin Omondi, who left the team in 2014, and has had stints at Muhoroni Youth and most recently Mount Kenya United.
Brian Nyakan will also be donning colors he knows so well, after settling back at Sofapaka, a team he turned out for in 2016 before leaving for Mount Kenya United (then Nakumatt).
Perhaps the club to have made the biggest swoops is Tusker, who have back in their fold former skipper Hashim Sempala, return after a very brief stint with Gor Mahia. The team’s former assistant captain Humphrey Mieno is also back after a short dalliance with Ethiopian giants St. George.
At Wazito, Pistone Mutamba and Johnston Omurwa have been welcomed back from Sofapaka and Mathare United respectively, while at Zoo FC, goalkeeper Vincent Misikhu has returned after a short sting with Wazito FC.
Robert Achema has also reunited with Western Stima after two seasons out, featuring for Tusker and most recently Sony Sugar.