17 foreign players confirmed in KPL during June window
A complete list of transfers shows that 17 non-Kenyans were signed by various KPL clubs in June.
The players are from five countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo with Uganda recording the highest number (11).
From the 11 Ugandans, Sofapaka signed three; Umaru Kasumba, Aloro Modest and Feni Ali. They also renewed Mathias Kigonya’s contract to increase the number to four.
AFC Leopards confirmed two, including Musa Mudde, who moved from Bandari and Keziron Kizito from Vipers FC. A similar number was confirmed at Muhoroni Youth after roping Hassan Kikoyo from Lweza FC and Farouk Mudoola from Busia Fisheries FC.
Zoo Kericho, Western Stima and Thika United signed one Ugandan each in Kwizera Hamidu, Sula Bagala and Allan Owiny respectively.
Four players crossed from Tanzania and Burundi to join the Kenyan Premier League clubs. Bandari captured Field Cosmas from African Lyone FC while Western Stima signed Hamdi Mbumba from Toto African Sports Club.
Alexis Kitenge joined AFC Leopards from Burundi while his compatriot MacArthur Akaraza joined Kakamega Homeboyz.
Rwandan striker Jean Karekezi was signed by Posta Rangers while Congolese Selenga Mangili joined Zoo Kericho from Shabana FC to complete the foreign players list in June.
In a nutshell, there were a total of 107 player transfers in the mid-season window, Sofapaka FC being the busiest club with 17 signings while Thika United FC made the least number of signing(s) with only one player being added to their current squad.
Defending champions Tusker signed six (including contract extension of keeper Duncan Ochieng’ and forward Noah Wafula), same with AFC Leopards while Gor Mahia confirmed three, including contract extension for midfielder Francis Kahata.
54 transfers were between KPL Clubs, 13 players transferred from the second tier NSL to the KPL and a total of 14 players were acquired from the FKF lower tier leagues.
43 percent of the players (46) moved on free transfers while 33 percent of the transfers (35) involved some sort of payments between the clubs/players. 16 players chose to renew/extended their contracts with their clubs with 9 players moving out on loan to other clubs.