2009 KPL Champions, Sofapaka FC are self-assured of securing the services of Zanzibar midfielder Abdul Aziz Makame in the next one week, a signing that would be their last of the January transfer window.
Speaking to the club’s portal, Batoto ba Mungu Chief Executive Officer, Emmanuel Kayoyi revealed that negotiations have been ongoing between them and Jangòmbe FC, with only few details remaining before Makame becomes a Sofapaka player.
“We have been talking to the club for a while now and we are almost coming to an agreement. The talks are positive and I am certain we will land the player. He will be our final signing of the January window,” said Kayoyi.
Makame attracted interest from several Kenyan clubs following his impressive displays in the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup where Zanzibar lost narrowly to hosts Harambee Stars on post-match penalties in the finals of the competition.
On his part, head coach Sam Ssimbwa admitted that he does not know the 21 year-old so well but has received very satisfactory comments about him.
“I didn’t have the privilege of watching CECAFA and so I didn’t see much of him. But my fellow coaches did watch him and the report I get is that he is a very good player and will be a very good addition to the team,” Ssimbwa said.
Sofapaka have moved with speed to beef up their squad in a bid to challenge current champions Gor Mahia FC and other able clubs for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title.
Players that have already committed themselves to wearing the blue and white jersey include Western Stima utility man Vitalis Akumu, left-back Yussuf Mohammed from Muhoroni Youth, former AFC Leopards keeper Ian Otieno, Kariobangi Sharks duo of Ibrahim Kitawi and Elli Asieche, Jackson Saleh, strikers Stephen Waruru and Kepha Aswani as well as midfielder Teddy Osok who is on loan from Gor Mahia.
Meanwhile, the club has released Ugandan defender Jonathan Mugabi, Sam Mutiria, Hansel Ochieng and George Opiyo while forward Morven Otinya has been shipped out on a season-long loan deal to Nzoia Sugar.