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Somoe Ng’itu writes: Tuyisenge, Gor Mahia mainstay already bought by Simba

IN order to strengthen their offensive power in forthcoming international and domestic competition, Simba of Dar es Salaam have snapped up Gor Mahia forward, Rwanda national Jacques Tuyisenge, the most potent player in the Kenyan Premier League.

Impeccable sources on Wednesday confided that Tuyisenge had visited Dar es Salaam and held signing-on negotiations with Simba recruiters. “He has signed,” the source not authorised to make official statements for the club said, adding that Simba had acted swiftly to forestall a possible move by the Rwanda international to Congo (Kinshasa) club, AS Vita, who also had an offer on the table for Tuyisenge. Vita, after the sale to Morocco club RS Berkane of their key player Jean-Marc Makasu, are desperately looking for a replacement.

TOP: Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) celebrtaes another Gor Mahia score with Haroun Shakava (left) and George 'Blackberry' Odhiambo. Below Jacques Tuyisenge at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru and below Tuyisenge's former Gor Mahia and Rwanda national teammate Meddie Kagere in early action in Dar es Salaam after joining Simba

TOP: Jacques Tuyisenge (centre) celebrates another Gor Mahia score with Haroun Shakava (left) and George ‘Blackberry’ Odhiambo. Below: Jacques Tuyisenge at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru and,  bottom: Tuyisenge’s former Gor Mahia and Rwanda national teammate Meddie Kagere in early action in Dar es Salaam after joining Simba

It is reliably learnt that Tuyisenge was satisfied and happy about “personal terms” he negotiated with Simba. On top of that, the player was delighted about possibility of great football at Simba with the forward line combination with countrymen Meddie Kagere who had earlier also moved from Gor Mahia to Simba and become a key figure in the Dar es Salaam’s giants’ attack. Tuyisenge has been an integral cog in Gor Mahia, playing at least 97 times since joining Gor Mahia in 2011 from Rwandan Club Police.

Simba chief executive office Crescentus Magori could not confirm or deny the reported signed deal with Tuyisenge, neither shed more light on almost certain reports that Simba was offering fresh contracts to their other forward line architects including long-serving Uganda international Emmanuel Okwi and an enhanced package for Kagere.

Are they good enough to prop up Gor Mahia after Jacques Tuyisenge departure? From Rwanda international Francis Mustapha (left, with Lawrence Juma) a lot more is expected now. Below: In meantime goal-getting role filled by veteran Kenya international Dennis Oliech (left) here against Petro Atletico of Angola in a CAF Confederation match at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani

Are they good enough to prop up Gor Mahia after Jacques Tuyisenge departure? From Rwanda international Francis Mustapha (left, with Lawrence Juma) a lot more is expected now. Below: In meantime goal-getting role filled by veteran Kenya international Dennis Oliech (left) here against Posta in a Kenyan Premier League match at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani

News of the mooted move by Tuyisenge, 27, grabbed interest in Kenya with Gor Mahia supporters resigned to the inevitable. Most regretted the possible void to be created in the team while others hoped that veteran Kenya international Dennis Oliech, 33, would hold fort. Since joining Gor Mahia recently Oliech has frequently been on the Gor Mahia’s scoring sheet including, just on Wednesday, a double in the side’s 4-0 Kenyan Premier League victory over Zoo Kericho in Kericho.

Many Gor Mahia supporters also rued the fact that what was planned as strengthening of attacking options by signing of another Rwanda forward, Francis Mustapha, from Kiyovu Sports last June, had not borne real fruit.

The supporters also expressed resignation to Gor Mahia’s inability to hold on to their most valuable players including in recent past Dan Sserunkuma (Ugandan), Michael Olunga and Kagere.

-Additional reporting by Correspondents

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