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Off to Zam­bia

KCB star Ag­wanda leaves for Lusaka to chase new deal

- MESHACK KISENGE @kisen­geme­shack1 Sports · Soccer · Soccer Business · Zambia · Lusaka · Zico · Bolton Wanderers F.C. · The Black Stars · Kariobangi Sharks

Hardly a week af­ter Enoch Ag­wanda re­futed claims that he had qui­etly sneaked out of the coun­try to seal a deal in the Zam­bian league, his Kenyan em­ploy­ers KCB yes­ter­day con­firmed that the striker jet­ted out on Mon­day to ne­go­ti­ate a deal in Lusaka.

Ag­wanda was said to have left the coun­try last week but in a re­but­tal, the for­mer Gor Mahia striker said he had not re­ceived any of­fers both lo­cally and be­yond and was not leav­ing KCB any time soon.

How­ever, the bankers as­sis­tant coach God­frey Oduor re­vealed that Ag­wanda in a com­pany of a renowned foot­ball agent, flew out on Mon­day to work out on a deal with a Lusaka-based club which he de­clined to men­tion.

“He was around last week but

I can con­firm he left on Mon­day along­side his agent for ne­go­ti­a­tions. He sought our per­mis­sion be­fore leav­ing. How­ever, he did not pro­vide finer de­tails of the club which is in­ter­ested in his ser­vices,” he said.

At the same time,the club’s team man­ager Bramwel Simiyu con­firmed that the duo of Michael Mutinda and Baraka Badi had re­newed their con­tracts and will be at­tached to the club for the next one year.

With the club likely to lose Ag­wanda, who was their top scorer in the past sea­son, Oduor said his re­place­ment should he leave and new play­ers who will strengthen the weak ar­eas, will be un­veiled once the gov­ern­ment gives the way for­ward on the re­sump­tion of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

The Ruaraka-based club booted eight play­ers last month and Oduor says ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween them and their re­place­ments are over and it is just a mat­ter of time be­fore they are in­cor­po­rated in the Zedekiah ‘Zico’

Otieno-coached team.

No­table play­ers who were af­fected by the purge are for­mer ‘Golden Boot’ win­ner Steven Waruru, for­mer Gor and Kar­i­obangi Sharks de­fender Pas­cal Og­weno, Gabriel Mu­gabo and Bolton Omwenga.

“We had iden­ti­fied ar­eas which needed fresh blood from our as­sess­ment when foot­ball was stopped and we con­se­quently ne­go­ti­ated with our tar­gets. We will un­leash them to the pub­lic once the gov­ern­ment lifts the ban on sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” said the for­mer Kib­era Black Stars coach.

Mean­while, Oduor dis­closed that Gor cen­tre half Charles Momanyi head­lines the play­ers tar­geted to re­place their de­parted skip­per Michael Kibwage. The lat­ter was con­firmed on a two-year deal at So­fa­paka on Tues­day mo­ments af­ter agree­ing per­sonal terms with them.

“We have been talk­ing to Momanyi and other cen­tral de­fend­ers for quite some time but we are yet to agree on any­thing,” he added.


 ?? /OLIVER MOR­GAN ?? KCB’S Enock Ag­wanda and Stephen Otieno of So­fa­paka in a past tus­sle
/OLIVER MOR­GAN KCB’S Enock Ag­wanda and Stephen Otieno of So­fa­paka in a past tus­sle
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