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Wazito insist their ‘vital cog’ Omurwa not for sale despite interest from Angola giants Petro Atletico

FOOTBALL By Rodgers Eshitemi | June 29th 2020
Wazito's Johnstone Omurwa (left) in action against Ulinzi's Oscar Wamalwa in a past KPL tie at Afraha Stadium. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]

Angolan giants Petro Atletico have expressed interest in Kenyan international Johnstone Omurwa, but his Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Wazito insists the defender is not for sale.

Petro, who raided Gor Mahia last season for Rwandese talisman Jacques Tuyisenge have reportedly offered Wazito Sh10 million for the 21-year-old towering centre half whose contract expires in 2022.

The Butere High school alumnus has been a vital cog in Stewart Hall’s side scoring twice in the ‘cancelled’ 2019/20 KPL season since rejoining them in August last year after two seasons at Mathare United.

While Omurwa disclosed to Standard Sports about Petro’s approach, Wazito chief executive officer Dennis Gicheru is adamant that the Harambee Stars defender, who is one of their prized assets, is at the club to stay.

Omurwa claims to have been in constant touch with Petro officials since last month and they are trying to lure him to join the southern Africa power house. 

The fast-rising defender-cum-midfielder said he referred his suitors to Wazito officials after their first approach in May.

“Petro Atletico officials first approached me last month, but I never knew they were serious. So, I jokingly referred them to the club because I still have a running contract,” Omurwa said.

“They (Petro) told me they were ready to give Wazito about Sh10 million for my release. But coach Hall called me and told me he still needs me in his team and promised to engage the club to review my contractual terms. 

“Interestingly,  that has not stopped Petro officials from calling me. It seems they have not given up on me. But I have told them to be patient as I engage my club.”

However, Gicheru denied  that the Ricardo Badoer-owned club has received an offer for Omurwa from Petro Atletico. “Nobody has approached us about Omurwa and we are not aware of Petro Atletico’s interest. If they reach out to us, the board of directors will make a decision. But Omurwa is one of our key players and basically, he is not up for sale,” he said.

This is the second time the 15-time Angolan champions are keeping tabs on a Kenyan player after signing veteran Kakamega Homeboyz striker Allan Wanga in 2007.

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