Gor Mahia are currently holding talks with highly rated Rwandese midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza. This according to a report by the Daily Nation. Mugiraneza, who is 26, is a free agent after his contract with Azam of Tanzania lapsed. Gor Mahia need a midfield enforcer who can play the role that was previously played by Khalid Aucho and Geoffrey Kizito before him.
“His demands are acceptable and he is a quality player although he hasn’t played competitively for a while. We want to win the title next season and to achieve that, we need quality players,” a club official told Nairobi News in confidence.” said a Gor Mahia official.
Popularly known as “Migi”, he started his career in 2007 at SC Kiyovu. He subsequently played for APR then Azam of Tanzania. He has also featured for the Rwanda national team. He was in the starting line-up for Rwanda when they that almost beat Ghana in an AFCON qualifier in September of this year in Accra. The game ended 1-1.
Mugiraneza won six league titles, seven Peace Cup trophies and two CECAFA Kagame Cup titles (2007 and 2010) with APR FC.
He spent 18 months at Azam. He was in the starting line-up for most of 2016. He picked up a calf injury in May but returned to regain his spot in the line-up. He last played for Azam in October of this year. He was released by Azam this month to make way for a Camerounian defensive midfielder.
“I was surprised when the club informed me that I was no longer in the club’s plans and that I was free to look for another team.” he said to Rwanda times.
Gor Mahia has already reached their full quota of foreigners which includes other Rwandese players Jacque Tuyisenge, Abouba Sibomana, Meddie Kagere plus Ugandan Geoffrey Walusimbi and Burundian Karim Nizigiyimana. One of them would need to depart.
Fans will be hoping that the club will subject him to medical and fitness tests which they have not done with previous signees like Jerry Santos, Crispin Odula and others who ended up never playing for the club.