Sofapaka swoop for Ugandan trio, Echesa

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By VINCENT OPIYO
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Former Kenyan champions Sofapaka are on the verge of signing the Ugandan trio of Rogers Aloro, midfielder Feni Ali Moses and striker Umar Kasumba.

The 2009 league champions are also close to signing left back Wesley Onguso and forward Kennedy Otieno, both from Western Stima, Chemelil Sugar’s veteran midfielder Hillary Echesa and Palos forward Morven Otinya.

Sofapaka’s Ugandan head coach Sam Ssimbwa told Nation Sport that negotiations are at an advanced stage with the trio who are expected in the country on Monday.

Kasumba was a transfer target for both AFC Leopards and champions Tusker in 2015, the year he finished second on the top scorer’s chart on 15 goals in the Ugandan top flight while playing for Police FC before moving to SC Villa.

He joins Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) creative midfielder Feni Ali, whose transfer to Leopards in July 2014 hit a snag after the club failed to secure his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) in time.

Former KCCA defender Aloro comes in from Saints FC.

“We’re done with negotiations and I can assure you they will be Sofapaka players by next week. The contract terms remain confidential,” the former SC Villa tactician, said from Kampala where he is on vacation.

“The team is bolstering its ranks because we want to be a force to reckon with come the second leg. A stronger squad will help us challenge for the title.”

Otinya said he was excited ahead of the move which will see him grace the top flight.

“I am fit enough to test my skills in the top flight league. I need a new challenge for more exposure that’s why I chose Sofapaka due to their good style of play,” Otinya said.

“It was a tough decision to leave Palos. I wish them all the best in the Super League. I will remain their fan.”

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