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Football | Kenya

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City Stars close in on trio



Nairobi City Stars are closing in on the signatures of three big names in the Tusker Premier League.

Currently training with the Kawangware club are Gor Mahia duo Kevin Ochieng and Oscar Mbugua, and former Tusker FC midfielder Crispin Olando.

The trio were dropped by their respective clubs at the end of the 2012 season for various reasons.

Ochieng and Mbugua suffered from a lack of playing time at Gor, while Olando, widely regarded as one of the most talented midfielders in the local game, struggled with injuries at the brewers.

Stars trainer Bye Wadda confirmed he expects to soon sign the three players.

“We have the three players in training. They have been with us for a couple of days now,” said Wadda.

“They have looked good while here and are players we can make use of in the coming season. Ochieng is a class player, both for Gor Mahia and the Harambee Stars, so he is welcome. Oscar we know about because he has been here before he went to Gor.

“Olando is very good technically, maybe the best of the three and we are taking a look at him too. “I can say that we are close to signing them. It is not far off as we have been speaking to them. They will be good additions to the side as for once, we hope to have a season where relegation is not spoken about here, which has been common. “If we can get players of their class then we are on our way there.”

Wadda has taken over the coaching reins from the absent Gideon Ochieng, and concedes the role comes with pressure.

“As head coach you want to do very well and have the team performing,” he said. “I want that for the club and so I already feel under a bit of pressure.

“We hope for the best though and if we can find some good players and prepare well, we should have a good season.”

City Stars have already recruited George Blackberry Odhiambo.

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