With the mid-season transfer window fast approaching closure, the last minute scramble to ship out first leg deadwood and replace them with capable players is hitting fever pitch.
While most clubs are using the performances of the first leg as their base for judgment, clubs participating in the ongoing Top 8 tournament have an added advantage.
Defending champions, Gor Mahia, ensured they will be contest the final for a second year running after getting an easy two-legged win over 2014 winners Tusker FC.
It means Kogalo will be participating in all the domestic competitions which is likely to put a toll on the players. However, the club has been active this transfer window, releasing a couple of fringe players and replacing them with proven quality, the likes of Baron Jobita and Wellington Ochieng’ the latter yet to make his debut.
It his however the transfer of Meddie Kagere that is keenly being watched by the club’s fans and rival clubs.
The Rwandan international is still a respected, almost worshipped, figure among the Kogalo faithful, so much so that the growing rumors – firmly backed by the fact that he trained with the club this week –seem to be sucking the club and the player into signing a deal.
It is a known fact that the Kogalo topbrass led by head coach Jose Marcelo ‘Ze Maria’ wanted to pass the opportunity to re-sign the striker.
The intended acquisition of Thiago Da Silva was supposed to rubberstamp Ze Maria’s disinclination with Kagere but the Brazilian striker has received a below average rating from the often vocal fans, leaving the coach with a catch-22 situation.
The Kagere subject seems too hot to handle even for club president Ambrose Rachier. Commenting on the topic, he told the club’s website: “We have Thiago Da Silva from Brazil who has been training with the team under observation for a few weeks now but we got a request from the technical bench headed by the coach that we shop for another striker to be observed together with the Brazilian.”
Up to you Ze Maria
He then passed on the baton to Ze Maria saying; “It (Kagere signing) is all in the hands of the coach now to assess our former striker. We will work with his report and do the necessary in good time.”
Ze Maria is not keen on the signing of Kagere in what is turning out to be a shoot-out contest between the coach and the management. The tactician believes his countrymate, Da Silva, will come good despite looking lost in the few training sessions he’s had with the team.
Kagere, the management’s favorite, has been offered a one-and-a-half year contract with Ksh1.5 million sign-on fee and a salary of Ksh 125,000 per month.
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