NAIROBI, Kenya, August 24 – With their transfer embargo still in place, the AFC Leopards have been dealt a major blow with striker John Mark Makwatta leaving the team and signing a two-year contract with the Botswana’s premier team, Gaborone United.
Makwatta had been loaned to AFC Leopards by Kenya Police FC from January until the end of the season and Ingwe were keen to tie him down to a longer contract, but he has since decided to look elsewhere and return to playing football outside the country.
Botswana’s top-flight side have signed striker and midfielder Duncan Otieno from Kenya Police FC, both joining on two-year deals.
“I made the decision to leave because of the current situation at home. Things weren’t going well in terms of the administration of football and as a player you always look where there is stability. and Gaborone also offered a chance to play in the CAF Champions League,” said Makwatta. Capital Sports from Gaborone.
The striker had been a key figure in the AFC revival in the second leg after struggling at Police FC where he signed early in the campaign.
His form attracted several suitors and in the end made the decision to move to Botswana.
“I had trained with them for about two weeks before returning home to prepare for the move. They are a decent club, very ambitious and I felt at home from the start. I can’t wait for the challenge and also to help them do well,” he noted.
Makwatta added; “I would like to thank Police FC and AFC Leopards for giving me this opportunity to play after returning home. Having playing time and competitive football was vital.