Hillary Echesa headed to AFC Leopards
Kenyan international midfielder Hillary ‘Forde’ Echesa is headed to AFC Leopards during the mid season transfer window,Michezoafrika.com can reveal. Echesa formerly of Tanzanian club SC Simba is currently in the country recuperating from a knee operation carried out early in February to repair his recurrent knee injury that sidelined him from active play at Simba SC for weeks before end of the 2010/11 season.
Echesa alongside another Kenya prodigy Jerry Santos were key pillars of the Tanzanian giants Simba SC constantly hitting the Tanzanian headlines with their sterling performances in the league.
Confirming the news, Hillary Echesa who resides in Nakuru town acknowledged having been approached by AFC Leopards officials but the two parties are yet to officially put pen to paper to seal the deal.
“Yes we are still in talks with AFC Leopards officials but we are yet to finalize the move. I also had another offer from Tusker FC but I see the AFC deal pulling through soon if the current talks end well.” Said Echesa.
AFC Leopards Secretary general JJ Bukachi also confirmed to michezoafrika.com that they are keen on effecting sweeping changes on the AFC Leopards playing unit with a number of experienced players arleady lined up on their scouting list to join the team during the mid season transfer window.
“We are determined to win this year’s league and I promise that AFC Leopards will be a great giant to wrestle in the second leg because we are trying all we can to scout some of the best players in readiness for the mid season transfer window.Echesa is among some of our best targets at the moment and negotiations are in top gear.” Said Bukachi.
Before moving for professional soccer outside Kenya in Malaysia and Tanzania, Echesa played for Nzoia Sugar FC, Mumias Sugar and Ulinzi Stars.He says he is excited to come back to the Kenyan premier league at a time when competition is at its best.
“Kenyan football has really grown to become one of the best leagues in Africa and am burning to get back to the home league. Am feeling fine, my knee injury is fully sorted and am ready for action once again.” He said.