It is fair to say that Sofapaka have lost more than they have gained this transfer window.
From their captain John Baraza, who has retired from the game, to ‘keeper David Okello and defenders Collins Shivachi and Felly Mulumba, the cash-strapped Batoto ba Mungu have lost key players in every department.
That they have not made enough effort to beef up the depleted squad is baffling with the transfer window barely 48 hours away from being closed. One of the players they hoped they could bring in to compensate for the loss in the defensive area is Posta Rangers defender Augusto ‘Gustavo’ Eshiwani.
Sofapaka scuttles plan
Eshiwani, a Kenya U23 international, had been training with the club with the view of joining them on loan until the end of the season.
However, Sofapaka changed their mind and instead tabled an offer of a five-year contract which Rangers as well as Eshiwani’s representatives were not keen on.
The defender, who harbours dreams of joining the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), thus ended his short stint at Sofapaka and was almost snapped up by Gor Mahia who he trained with thereafter. He was due travel with the league champions to Sudan.
However, the signing of Jackson Saleh scampered the plans and now the 19-year-old, who can play across the back four as well as in the defensive midfield position, is headed to Thika United who he trained with this week.
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