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Leopards set to sign Omoto



Harambee Stars and Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Patilah Omoto is set to join Kenyan Premier League giants AFC Leopards SC on a one-year loan deal.

Confirming the news, Kariobangi Sharks CEO Nick Mwendwa said that the all the parties had already reached an agreement and all that was remaining was putting pen to paper.

“We have been in discussions with AFC Leopards over the transfer of Patillah and we have now reached an agreement. It’s a good deal and what is left is putting pen to paper, which I hope will happen soon,” Mwendwa said.

“It’s a one-year loan deal and I know he will prove his worth given the chance. He has been our best player and it’s good for his development,” he added.

Patilah was in good form in the Kenyan second-tier, Division Zone A, in the 2012 season where he skippered Kariobangi Sharks and was the club’s second-best scorer, having scored seven goals.

He has been a regular in the Harambee Stars Junior team, the U20 side and made his senior national debut – replacing Gor Mahia forward Rama Salim in the 86th minute in Harambee Stars’ 1-0 win over the The Flames of Malawi during the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup quarter-final match.

On his part, Omoto has expressed his satisfaction with the move and expressed optimism that he would make an impression in his new team.

“It has always been my wish to play in the top-tier and I’m really happy that I’ve finally got my chance, which I promise to take with both hands; play my heart out for AFC Leopards,” Omoto said.

“The personal terms are good and I will sign the deal soon,” he added. Tusker, Mathare United, Bandari and AFC Leopards have all been chasing after his signature ahead of the new season.

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