Ethiopian giants fire ex-AFC Leopards striker

By VINCENT OPIYO

AFC Leopards striker Alex Orotomal (left) vies for the ball with Sony Sugar midfielder Fredrick Onyango during their SportPesa Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium on July 8, 2018. Orotomal has been released from his current club St George of Ethiopia. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Record Ethiopian champions Saint George Sports Club have released former AFC Leopards’ Nigerian forward Alex Orotomal, just 76 days after he signed a three-year contract.

The Nigerian import joined the club a day after Kenyan international shot-stopper Patrick Matasi penned a similar deal with the Addis Ababa-based side.

“Alex Orotomal and Kassimu Taitus Glover parted ways with our club on mutual consent,” read a statement from the club published on their portal on Thursday.

Glover is a Ghanaian midfielder who joined the club in September last year.

His exit paves way for a possible move for Gor Mahia midfielder Humphrey Mieno.

Mieno, who has two years left on his contract at Gor Mahia, is being tracked by St George coach Stewart Hall, who coached him both at Azam FC of Tanzania and Sofapaka in Kenya.

Orotomal joined Leopards on a two-year deal June last year from Rwandese side Sunrise FC with Ingwe said to have pocketed Sh1.5 million from the transfer.

St George, founded in 1935, hosts its matches at 35,000-seater Addis Ababa stadium and will represent the country in next year’s Caf Champions League after clinching their 29th title last year.

Matasi has been a regular in the team’s campaign this season, where they sit seventh on the log with nine points, six below leaders and rivals Ethiopia Coffer after seven rounds.

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