NAIROBI, Kenya- SportPesa Premier League (SPL) giants, AFC Leopards SC completed the signing of promising defender, Yusuf ‘Nasri’ Mainge on Tuesday as head coach Robert Matano continues to bolster his squad at the Den.
“AFC Leopards is happy to announce the signing of Yusuf Nasri Mainge on a long term contract. He’s a defender (right back) formerly been with Kakamega High School’s Green Commandos. Welcome to AFC Leopards Yusuf!” the club posted on their official Twitter feed.
The Green Commandoes made history as the first-ever school team to earn promotion to the second tier National Super League following a stellar 2017 season in a side Mainge excelled in.
Mainge is the eighth player to join Ingwe in the close season in what is expected to be a revolution under head coach, Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano who returned to the Den to save from SPL relegation and lead them to the 2017 GOtv Shield Cup domestic honours .
Leopards who have won the domestic league title 12 times in their glittering history started the 2017 SPL season like a house on fire before trailing off towards the end of the first leg and under Matano, starved off the threat of demotion to finish eighth with 45 points from 34 matches.
According to local reports, Leopards are also keen on re-uniting with former top scorer, Kepha Aswani who is on national duty with Harambee Stars in the ongoing 2017 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup.
Aswani left the Den for SPL new boys, Nakumatt FC after being sacked by Leopards towards the tail-end of the 2015 SPL season for indiscipline.
So far, the clear-out at the Den has seen midfielder Mussa Mudde, Allan Kateregga and Ramadhan Yakubu deemed surplus requirements by Matano and his technical bench.
Leopards will return to continental action next season as Kenya’s representatives at the 2018 CAF Confederations Cup after beating SPL rivals, Kariobangi Sharks FC 2-0 in the final of the 2017 Shield at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani.
Earlier in the season, they also reached the finals of the inaugural 2017 SportPesa Super Cup where they were humbled 3-0 by eternal enemies and SPL champions, Gor Mahia FC 3-0 in the July 5 final at the National Stadium in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania.