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Sofapaka nets keeper Opiyo

Former league champions Sofapaka has signed George Opiyo on a two-year contract.

The custodian returns to his former club after two mixed seasons with 10- time league champions Tusker.

According to the club’s official website, the keeper will link up with the team for the pre-season training after holding talks with management.

The goalkeeper left Sofapaka after the 2011 season and player under former Tusker coaches Sammy Pamzo Omolloh and Robert Matano who was fired last seaon.

Attempts by Thika United head coach John Kamau to lure him to the Brookside sponsored outfit in last year’s June transfer window failed to materialize after he flatly declined the overtures.

Huge debt

His arrival will tighten the fight for gloves with veteran Duncan Ochieng, David Okello and Victor Ligingo .

Opiyo become the club’s fourth signing in the January transfer window after Antony Ndolo,Abdul Razak and Celestine Habonimana.

Elsewhere, Tusker is eyeing chances of sailing to the finals of the Mapinduzi Cup after qualifying from the knockout phase.

The Francis Kimanzi-coached side held their nerves on Monday evening  for a hard fought 2-0 victory over Pemba Combined in their last group match in Zanzibar.

In an interview from Zanzibar, Tusker’s director Charles Obiny praised the mental maturity of the team.

“The boys played well under unfriendly weather. The temperature is high and it affected the players,” he said.

New signing Clifford Alwanga scored in the 55th minute to add onto a fifth minute strike by centre-forward Ismail Dunga to seal the win.