Numero ready to take on KPL

Newly signed Malawian forward Andrew Numero is eager to showcase his skills in the KPL and cement his place at Gor Mahia with a view to moving to Europe in the future.

Additional reporting from the Nation

Malawian youngster Andrew Numero Malisero, who joined Kenyan champions Gor Mahia recently on a three-year deal, is looking forward to enjoying his stay at the club.

The forward has never played at the top level, but he knows what to expect as he has had a taste of Kenyan football having most recently played for Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Division Two side Commercial FC, which is based in Thika.

“It is an honor for me to be able to play for this amazing club. I thank God and the club for giving me the opportunity. I am looking forward to working my hardest to help the club retain the league title and hopefully do well continentally,” he told Nation Sport.

“I follow Kenyan football very much and it was an unbelievable feeling that they considered me to be a part of the team. I am very grateful and will make use of this great opportunity. The Kenyan Premier League is a very competitive league with quality players and I am looking forward to experiencing it all,” he added.

Numero is primarily an attacking player who loves taking on defenders and this is what he says Gor Mahia and Kenyan football fans should expect from him.

“I am a positive person who loves the game and who expresses himself with the ball at his feet. I’m looking forward to entertaining Kenyan football fans. I love playing as an attacker, as a number 9 or 10, but can adapt to any other position,” he said.

Numero, 20, grew up in Ndirande, Malawi, but had to move to Kenya with his mother who now works here. He has also previously played college football in the USA.

“I started playing football when I was seven years old back in Malawi. All I did was play football with my friends and that kept me from doing a lot of things that could have harmed my life and my career. It was easy to use drugs or start stealing but football kept me straight,” he said.

“I played for my school teams and at an academy called Surestream Academy before we moved to Kenya in 2013. I went to Braeburn High School from year 9 to 11 and then to Braeside International School.

I was always eager to play at an organised league and therefore joined a Sub County team called African Warriors and luckily got an opportunity to go play in the USA on a football scholarship. I was there for a year before I moved back to Kenya and joined Commercial FC before the pandemic halted the league,” he added.

Numero has represented the Malawi under-20 side and says the experience has prepared him for professional football.

“It has made me believe in myself. It’s a big achievement to represent my national team at junior level, but it also helped me set the bar higher and I now want to of play for the senior team in the near future.”

He looks up to Gabadinho Mhango, a Malawian International who features for South African top-tier side Orlando Pirates, and Kenyan international Jesse Were, amongst other players.

“I look up to these amazing players not only because of their football abilities but also their personalities. I have watched Mhango since I was a young kid and have always admired how easily he takes on defenders,” he said.

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Numero, Wesonga, Kennedy Owino, John Ochieng join Gor Mahia

Andrew Numero

Andrew Malisero Numero becomes the first Malawian to sign for Gor Mahia.
“Andrew can play both as an attacking midfielder and striker and will provide much needed attacking options to the team.

His age is being listed as 17. But given that he was called up the Malawi Under 20 team in 2018, this is unlikely. He has signed a 3 year contract

Numero attended Braeburn school in Nairobi. He has been training alongside other Gor Mahia players so he is a known quantity.

Kisumu Trio

Gor Mahia have also added two more players from Western Stima: Defender Kelvin Wesonga, who signed a four year contract, and attacker Kennedy Owino. In addition, John Ochieng has joined from Chemelil Sugar.

Jules Ulimwengu

The club is stll pursuing Jules Ulimwengi who was earlier reported to be leaning towards AFC Leopards“We are not done yet and the player you are alluding to [Ulimwengu] could be on his way and will be signed because I believe Gor Mahia and him have agreed on most details of the contract.
“He could be unveiled tomorrow or just the days after and it should be the end of our transfer business.” said an official to goal.com

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Gor Mahia now set their sights on Ulimwengu and Ngafei

Ulimwengu

Gor Mahia are said to be close to signing two additional foreign players including Jules Ulimwengu who was top scorer in the Rwanda league in 2019.

Additional reporting from Capital FM

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 28 – Record Kenyan Premier League champions Gor Mahia are set to sign Burundian international Jules Ulimwengu and Cameroonian international Bertrand Ngafei , Capital Sports understand.

Ulimwengu is said to have already agreed personal terms with K’Ogalo and is on the verge of putting pen to paper and unveiled while Ngafei has been training with the side since early in the year.

“Ulimwengu was here last week and has agreed to become a Gor Mahia player. It is now only a matter of time before he is unveiled. Ngafei has been training with the team and to be honest he is a very good player and will be a worthy addition to the team,” a source close to the club stated.

Also in the team’s list of closed deals is Malawian international as well as Mathare United defender Andrew ‘Roma’ Juma who is set to fill the void left by Joash Onyango who left for Simba SC in Tanzania.

Western Stima’s youthful prodigy Benson Omala has also agreed in principle to become a Gor Mahia player same as John Ochieng from Chemelil Sugar

Gor Mahia on Friday morning unveiled Ugandan Tito Okello and his arrival is set to begin a flurry of signing activity for the 19-time champions who are seeking to get to 20 league titles at the end of the new season.

The club has also in the evening unveiled former Kenya Under-20 international John Macharia who has returned home after a stint in Georgia.

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