A report on supersport.com suggests that Rwandese striker Meddie Kagere is being pursued by Gor Mahia.
Gor Mahia Chief Executive Officer Lordvic Aduda confirmed the club have had contact with the 29-year-old Ugandan-born Rwandan striker, who has scored nine goals in 20 appearances for the Amavubi.
“We have had contact with Kagere. His agent has confirmed to us that he will be arriving in Nairobi on Monday morning and hopefully by Tuesday we will have signed him if talks end positively,” said Aduda.
Coach Nuttall, in an interview, said his side were still lacking in attack following the exit of talisman Dan Sserunkuma, who moved to Tanzania giants Simba after scoring 72 goals in 100 games for Gor Mahia.
“I hope to sign a striker before the transfer window closes,” admitted Nuttall at the weekend. Gor Mahia have been the most active in the transfer market signing 15 players and releasing 14.
2011 CECAFA cup
Kagere was born in Uganda where he initially played for Mbale Heroes. In 2006 he went to the Rwandese league where he joined ATRACO. He would soon take up Rwandese nationality in order to play for the Amavubi, the Rwandese national team.
Kagere first shot to international fame when he emerged as the top scorer during the 2011 CECAFA senior challenge cup. During that tournament he scored 5 goals to finish as the tournament top scorer as Rwanda reached the finals where they lost to Uganda. Most notable were the two goals he scored against his motherland in the final.
Kagere was also on fire in the local league: In the 2010/11 seasons he finished as the Primus League’s top scorer with 16 goals. He was the main reason that Police FC finished in the second spot that year.
It was during this period that Gor Mahia first pursued Kagere. But his then club Police FC set a selling price of KES 4 million, a figure which Gor Mahia baulked at. Kagere then left Police FC in Rwanda to join Esperance in a move worth US$150,000. . He played at Esperance for five months whereupon his contract was terminated.
He spent three seasons at Police FC, scoring 38 league goals and was also the national team’s top scorer with three goals in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.
Kagere leaves Police
In 2013, Kagere attended trials at Safa FC of Lebanon. His move there however hit a snag upon which he joined Rayon Sports.
In 2014, Kagere left Rayon Sports to move to KF Tirana for a fee of $10,000. It was his first move to a European side. His contract with Tirana was terminated along with another Ugandan Francis Olaki in December of 2014 due to lack of productivity.
“Kagere and Olaki have scored just one goal each yet they get over 40,000 USD. Such money can be used to get a quality player who can score more goals for Tirana. The two thus have been axed from the club on mutual agreement” said the representative of KF Tirana.