Mieno: Experienced midfield maestro signs for Sofapaka
Football Kenya Federation Premier League side Sofapaka have announced the signing of Humphrey Mieno.
The 33-year-old has moved to Batoto ba Mungu as a free agent after leaving Tusker when his contract expired at the end of last season.
Mieno's new home
With the new season picking up pace, Mieno will be involved again in top-flight action after returning to Sofapaka. The Ziwani-based midfielder had been linked with a move to Kakamega Homeboyz when his exit at Tusker became apparent.
"We are pleased to announce the acquisition of the evergreen midfield maestro Humphrey Mieno from Tusker FC. Karibu Batoto Ba Mungu, Hum," Sofapaka announced in a statement.
Mieno is one of the most experienced midfielders in the Premier League, having led Tusker, whom he had served for seven seasons, to the 2020/21 title as the captain.
His return to Sofapaka means he will be donning the club's colours for the third time, as he was part of them in the 2011 season before his second spell in 2014.
Apart from representing the 2009 Premier League winners, Mieno has also featured for Mahakama, KCB, AFC Leopards, and Gor Mahia in Kenya, St. George in Ethiopia, as well as Azam FC in the Tanzania Mainland Premier League and Club Africain in Tunisia.
Among the several transfers he has made, it was his 2015 move from AFC Leopards to Ruaraka that generated criticism, as some fans said the move was money-inspired. He only lasted at the den for seven months.
Mieno went on to make his debut for Tusker on February 21, 2015, in a game against Thika United that ended in a 1-1 draw at Thika Stadium.
Meanwhile, he was part of the many players that left Tusker before the 2023/24 season began, including Jackson Macharia, Kevin Monyi, Shami Mwinyi, Michael Wanjala, David Majak, and Tanzanian defender Kalos Kirenge.
Ttusker saw the exit of a number of experienced players and consequently signed younger ones in a bid to rebuild the squad for the future.