Gor close to agreeing terms with Batambuze


James Saruni (L) and Enosh Ochieng (R) of Ulinzi Stars FC shield Shafik Batambuze of ...
(FILE)James Saruni (L) and Enosh Ochieng (R) of Ulinzi Stars FC shield Shafik Batambuze of Tusker FC during their Sportpesa Premier League match at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos county, Kenya on February 20, 2016. Ulinzi stars won 2-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Kenya football giants Gor Mahia are in advanced talks to sign free agent Ugandan left back Shafiq Batambuze.
  • The latter is tipped to be the replacement for his fellow countryman Godfrey Walusimbi who ditched K’Ogalo last month for South African side, Kaizer Chiefs.
  • Should he join K’Ogalo, it will mark a return to the familiar waters that is KPL having turned out for 11-time champions Tusker in 2015.

Kenya football giants Gor Mahia are in advanced talks to sign free agent Ugandan left back Shafiq Batambuze.

The latter is tipped to be the replacement for his fellow countryman Godfrey Walusimbi who ditched K’Ogalo last month for South African side, Kaizer Chiefs.

Batambuze parted ways with Tanzania’s Singida FC after spending barely two months where he had penned a two-year deal.

Club deputy secretary general Ronald Ngala declined to talk on the matter.He said: “I don’t have much to say on that. Not now.”

However, an insider at the club told Citizen Digital that negotiations are at an advanced stage and the Ugandan could soon sign between the dotted lines.

“Talks are ongoing. The chairman confirmed to me that everything is progressing well. He is seen an easier option because he is a free- agent therefore there would be no complications as the club doesn’t have to negotiate with another club,”said the source.

Should he join K’Ogalo, it will mark a return to the familiar waters that is KPL having turned out for 11-time champions Tusker in 2015.

The development comes in the wake of reports that a a number of key planks of the team wants out of the Kenyan giants.

Gor camp has been jolted in the last one month over delayed salary and bonuses which led to a go-slow amongst the playing unit.

The future of striker Jacques Tuyisenge’s hangs in the balance after the Rwandese striker made an unclear trip to the United States “to meet family” after their loss to USM Alger a trip that fueled speculations of him leaving the club.

Midfielder Francis Kahata’s contract with KPL winners is set to end in December and the latter was once quoted praising the Tanzanian giants Simba SC and it remains unclear if he will extend his stay

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia’s coronation ceremony is set for this Saturday in Kisumu. Gor won the unprecedented 17th league title with six matches to spare.

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