Tusker begin signing spree
Kenya’s representatives in the Confederation of African Federation (CAF) Champions League, Tusker got a sigh of relief after Football Kenya Federation (FKF) gave them a provision for a mini-transfer window to replenish their squad ahead of the continental assignment.
The team has six days remaining to reload their playing unit as this is the period they are required to submit the official names of players who shall do duty for the team in the lucrative championship that is reserved for champions in African leagues.
By virtue of having been leading the Betking Premier League table by June 30, the time the CAF deadline given to FKF lapsed, Tusker were prematurely declared the country flag bearers in the event.
The 11-time Kenyan champions have started recruitment in earnest as they try to beat the August 15 time limit set by CAF.
Already, Tusker are believed to have completed the signing of former Kenya under 23 team midfielder Teddy Osok who is a free agent after parting ways with Kitwe United of Zambia on mutual agreement.
The defensive midfielder who has been spotted at Ruaraka since Friday,m had signed a season-long contract with Kitwe in October 2020 before the team was relegated at the end of the season after they finished bottom of in the Zambian Super League with a paltry 20 points.
Osok, a journeyman who has previously featured for Gor Mahia, KCB, Sofapaka and Wazito, is being tipped to be a replacement for Hashim Sempala who moved to Kabwe Warriors of Zambia two weeks ago after the expiry of his contract with Tusker.
Tusker have roped in more players in a bid to perform well in the money-spinning competition, including former Harambee Stars trialist goalkeeper Brian Bwire of Kariobangi Sharks.
With impeccable reports indicating that Tusker intends to drop goalkeeper Robert Mboya, this will be a perfect opportunity for Bwire, who had been Shark’s first choice, to fight for a starting place with Rwandese import Emery Mvuyekure.
In defence, there is impending signing of Micheal Kibwage who has reportedly fell out with Sofapaka while experienced striker John Mark Makwatta, who has seen off his contract with Zesco United of Zambia, is yet another big catch.