Aswani pens new deal
Thika United has been handed a major boost as the team enters the closing stages of the season with leading scorer Kepha Aswani having agreed to a new contract.
The former Kenyan international’s contract was due to expire at the end of the current league season, but in a statement on the club’s official website, he signed a one-year extension on Wednesday that will keep him at the industrial town up to the end of the 2013 season.
The striker is a key member of the Thika United squad and has played a major part in the team’s resurgence after a low finish last season – and his prolific returns in terms of goals is what is thought to have pushed the club to reward him.
This latest development will definitely fend off interest from a number of leading Kenyan clubs that were, at the mid-season point, said to be in pursuit of the well-built forward.
The striker has scored eleven goals in the league and is the team’s top scorer and third overall in the 16-team Tusker Premier League.
He served as the team’s captain at some point early in the current season, before coach John Kamau stripped him of the captaincy and handed Vincent Nyaberi the honours.
The news from the team comes just 24 hours after two players; Geoffrey Muhando and Morris Dukuly, were released and the coach hinted at more players to be dropped before season end.