Gor Mahia coach Hassan Oktay has distanced himself from reports the club have signed Rwandan midfielder Djabel Manishimwe.

“I don’t even know the boy [Manishimwe],” a visibly surprised Oktay is quoted by Nairobi News

“I did not ask anyone [at the club] to sign him because we are not looking for midfielders. I want a striker, a good one. We have lost the best striker in East Africa and we need to replace him with similar quality.”

Oktay’s remarks will raise more questions than answers over Manishimwe’s reported transfer to Gor Mahia.

Rwandan club Rayon Sport recently announced on social media they had agreed to sell the 27-year-old attacking midfielder to the Kenyan champions.

A senior Gor Mahia official was then pictured posing with the player in Kigali only for the Rwandan international to sign a contact with Rayon’s rivals Rwanda Patriotic Army (APR) a few days later.

Djabel is currently playing for APR in CECAFA tournament following signing saga.

 

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