Ugandan midfielder joins Gor Mahia on a four month contract

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FKFPL Ugandan midfielder joins Gor Mahia on a four month contract

Festus Chuma 11:15 - 24.03.2023

The player has been a free agent since February.

Gor Mahia have signed Ugandan international Shafiq Kagimu, as coach Jonathan McKinstry adds depth to his squad for the second half of the season.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been a free agent since February this year when he parted ways with Ugandan Premier League side URA FC.

Kagimu impressed the technical team during his trial with the side, with the player having signed a short-term contract with the record Football Kenya Federation Premier League champions.

The former Water FC player joins Rwandese international Emery Bayisenge, Uganda's Patrick Kaddu, and former Kakamega Homeboyz defender Sylvester Owino who all arrived earlier this month.

Kagimu will be expected to add more steel to the club's midfield where Sydney Wahongo and Alpha Onyango have been regulars.

The midfielder's career has seen him playing for URA for the past seven seasons, having joined the club from Water FC.

In the first round of 2022/2023 Uganda Premier League season Kagimu struggled to get regular minutes on the pitch.

Kagimu's paperwork is expected to be concluded before the end of the mid-season transfer window as FIFA is set to lift the transfer ban imposed on Gor Mahia.

The ban was imposed on the club for failing to pay its former players their dues upon terminating their contracts.

Kagimu praying
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Kagimu made his international debut in 2017 and has won 13 caps for the Uganda national team.

He was part of the Uganda Cranes squad that faced Kenya in the 2022 Qatar FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Nairobi.

Gor Mahia are currently on top of the FKFPL table, having amassed 42 points from 20 matches played so far this season.

The Jonathan McKinstry charges will face off with Vihiga Bullets when the league resumes on Wednesday, and a win will increase their gap at the top to seven points.