After re-signing central defender, Harun Shakava, K’Ogalo have signed Burkinabe midfielder – Abdul Karim Nikiema Zoko from Gandzasar Kapan FC.

Gor Mahia has been busy in the transfer market after appointing new head coach – Carlos Manuel Vaz Pinto. Pinto wanted to address the defensive problems of the side and brought back Kenyan Haron Shakava to play for K’Ogalo in hopes of improving the backline.

Soon after that trade was finalized, the Kenyan giants swooped in and completed the transfer of the Burkina Faso striker Abdul Karim Zoko from Armenian club – Gandzasar Kapan.


The Kenyan champions confirmed the signing on their social media platforms stating, “Abdul Karim Nikiema Zoko from Burkina Faso is the latest player to join us”.

The midfielder, just like Shakava, has signed a 2-year deal with the club and is also 27 years old. Zoko has experience of playing football at a high level. He played for Fetteh Feyenoord in Ghana and Ethiopian giants Saint George as well.

Zoko was selected at the age of 13 in Burkina Faso’s capital – Ouagadougou. From there, he went on to play with the Fetteh Feyenoord (Feyenoord of Ghana) academy where he trained for 3 years. He then signed for Asfa Yennenga of Burkina, where he ended up winning the league title in all the 3 years he spent there.

Cote d’Ivoire took notice and the nation’s Société Omnisports de l’Armée (S.O.A.) signed him for 2.5 years before Ethiopia’s Saint Georges FC came calling. His experience there was crucial in his success as he ended up winning the championship in 2017 before moving to Armenia in 2019.

His addition makes him one of the best players in the Kenyan football league, currently, if not the best. Zoko will want to have an impact and lead Gor Mahia to another title this season. If he does that then he can make a claim for an international call-up for Burkina Faso as well.