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Gor Mahia out for season’s MVP Muguna’s signature after signing Rwandan midfielder

After securing the services of Rwandan combative midfielder Jean-Baptiste Mugiraneza, Kenyan giants Gor Mahia are now looking to sign the prodigious Kenneth Muguna from Western Stima.

Mugiraneza, a free-agent sealed his transfer to Gor Mahia on Thursday signing a two-year deal with the 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions which should keep him at K’Ogalo until December 2018.

The lanky midfielder who previously turned out for SC Kiyovu Sports in his native country flew into the country on Wednesday for talks which culminated in the signing of the deal on Thursday before jetting back to Kigali.

“I had offers from Vietnamese club and one back home but my goal is to play for Gor Mahia. They are a huge club with a rich history and I cannot turn down an offer to play for them,” Mugiraneza told Rwanda leading daily newspaper, the New Times, after sealing the deal.

IMPRESSIVE SEASON

But having acquired his signature, K’Ogalo have showed no signs of slowing down its activity in the transfer market and wants to wrap up a deal with Muguna before New Year.

Muguna had an impressive season with Western Stima culminating in him being voted the Most Valuable Player in during the just concluded season in addition to being named the Midfielder of the Year.

However, Gor will have to work extra hard to convince the young midfielder that his future and career growth are better at the club as he is also poised to jet out to Austria next week for trials.

Stima chairman Laban Jobita said: “Gor Mahia talked to me about Muguna and expressed their wish to sign him but they are yet to table a bid. He should go for trials in Austria. He is still working on his papers but should leave next week.”

MORE DEPTH

The youngster has a long term contract with the power men which expires in 2019 and K’Ogalo will have to cough out huge transfer monies to land his services.

Stima are also set to lose defender Dennis Sikhai who is expected to seal a deal with AFC Leopards after turning down contract extension offers.

Should Muguna join the dethroned champions, it will add more depth in Gor’s midfield. It could also come at a price for burly midfielder Ernest Wendo who could find himself surplus to requirement.

With Collins Okoth still considered a vital cog in the team’s engine room and with the arrival of Mugiraneza, Wendo could be a third choice in the holding midfield role.