Teenager chooses Gor Mahia over AFC Leopards, despite high ratings

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Mark Shaban, a highly-rated 17-year-old forward, has signed with Gor Mahia FC, the defending champions of the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL). Shaban was a standout player for Friends School Shanderema during the Kenya Secondary Schools Sports Association (KSSSA) ball games, helping the school qualify for the East Africa School Games in Rwanda.

During the games, Shaban impressed with his performance, including scoring a hat-trick in a match against Kalangalala from Tanzania. His former team, Green Commandos Sports Club, wished him well as he embarks on this new chapter in his career.

Shaban is expected to compete for a starting position at Gor Mahia, alongside leading FKFPL goal scorer Benson Omala. His signing comes alongside that of skillful wingers Sheriff Musa from Bidco United and Enock Wanyama from a Taiwan-based club Leopard Cat.

Gor Mahia currently holds the top spot in the FKFPL standings with 43 points, 10 points more than second-placed Tusker FC. The team is yet to suffer a defeat this season, with 12 wins and seven draws. Their next league match is against Police FC on Saturday, February 3.

The formal unveiling of Shaban as a Gor Mahia player took place on Thursday, and his signing has been met with positive anticipation from fans and the football community.

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