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Juma laments Kiongera departure

Paul Mungai Kiongera’s switch from KCB to Gor Mahia has left the bankers coach Abdalla Juma a disappointed man, although he understands why the player has made the move.

Kiongera has joined Gor on a one-year deal, in what is arguably the signing of the current transfer window.

The Harambee Stars midfielder scored 11 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) goals in the 2012 season and is widely regarded as one of the best young talents in the Kenyan game.

“It is hard on a club like ours to lose a player of Kiongera’s quality,” said Abdalla. “He is one of the best talents in the country and he is a very huge loss for us.”

“He has moved to Gor Mahia where things are different to how they are here, the history, fans and maybe the money they offered him, so I cannot complain much. I am sure we will see a lot from him in the future because he is very good. Players move on but from a KCB point of view, I am saddened that we could not keep him.”

Abdalla says his club will look to source a replacement for Kiongera.

“Replacing him will be difficult but we have to do it. He was the top scorer here last season and the heartbeat of the team. It is a loss. We will replace in some way, maybe internally but most likely we will get someone from outside.”

KCB finished the 2012 KPL season in 10th place.


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