Gor Mahia are said to have signed Ugandan midfield ace Shafiq Batambuze.
“The deal is done. We have handed him a two-year deal,” Gor Mahia CEO Omondi Aduda told goal.com
The much traveled Batambuze has played for Sofapaka, Tusker, Muhoroni Youth and Western Stima in the KPL. In Tanzania, he played for Simba and Singida United.
Some fans have expressed reservations over the player saying that he was rejected by Simba and ended up at lowly Singida United. The midfielder has also played for the Uganda Cranes and was at the 2017 Africa Nations cup.
Interestingly, two weeks ago, club secretary general Ben Omondi had dismissed the signing of Batambuze stating that it was the work of cartels at the club.
Kerr wants some players axed
Meanwhile coach Dylan Kerr has submitted a list of players he thinks should be axed from the team. But the club officials are baulking.
‘’We are in talks with the coach in regard to some of the names he proposed for axing since we feel some of them are still too good to leave at this point. We shall give details once done with the talks,” said Ngala to Citizen sports.
Kerr wanted the players axed to make way for other signings. Ngala noted that the club will not be going for any big signings due to the its financial situation.
New Season to start on December 8
The Kenya premier league will be harmonizing with the world football calendar. In that vein, the next season will be named the 2018-2019 season and will start on December 8. Gor Mahia will open their campaign against Bandari at Mbaraki stadium.
Kerr expects a stronger challenge from other teams this time.
“It is not going to be a walk in the park for us. My players should know that it is going to be harder than ever, and so we have to be stronger, more disciplined, focused and professional on how we live on and off the field. said Kerr.
He also wants fans to tone down their expectations.
“For the fans, let us be together and enjoy football without too much expectations, because they might frustrate at the end of the day,