FKF Premier League outfit Kariobangi Sharks have been forced to sign seventeen youngsters after losing more than half a dozen of their first team players.
Sharks have so far seen both experienced and young players ditch the club. Players who have so far bid their farewell messages including the long-serving midfielder Patilah Omoto, goalkeeper Samuel Olwande, Tom Teka, Douglas Mokaya, Enock Wanyama, Alphonce Omija, Brian Olang’o, Brandon Obiero, Ziyadi Kiwanuka, Bonface Onyango among others.
But according to reports, the club’s management, has secured the services of seventeen new and young players who are expected to be officially unveiled next week ahead of the new 2022/23 season.
While rubbishing reports that the club could be headed to a FIFA ban following a mass player exodus, Club chairman, Robert Maoga, revealed that the scouting bench had to dig deep in the grassroot and scout promising talents whom he is confident will nourish and fit in the shoes of their predecessors.
“We have already have replacements to the players who have exited. There have been rumours flying around that the club is on the verge of sinking into oblivion but I want to assure all that, we are here to stay and that, we are building a young team that will be competitive enough in the local league. We used the window of uncertainty touching on the status of our football to build a young team that have gelled and will be ready to win titles in FIFA sanctioned football,” he said.
On massive player exodus, Maoga disclosed that the restructuring phase was aimed to weep out a handful of players he termed as ‘bad elements’ whose conducts and behaviors on and off the pitch was against the club’s principles and their contracts terms and conditions demands.
“Players have been requesting for their release letters and considering that some have good offers elsewhere, we have been granting their requests. The kind of disorder experienced in Kenyan football poses a big threat to our players and if one has the opportunity to cross borders, we have no reason to stand on his way.”