Kenya Commercial Bank FC has the next two league fixtures coming up against the very sides that sandwich them in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table standings.
First, they take o Kariobangi Sharks, a side one place and one point above them in the division then next they travel to Sudi stadium for a date with Nzoia Sugar FC- a side one place and one point below them in the standings. For a side that had to wait seven-match days for their first win of the season when the season began, the bankers-placed 11th on the log currently, haven’t done too badly for themselves and skipper Michael Kibwage knows this.
The Kenya U23 International in fact, says they can finish in the top 8 of the table if only they can tread well in the remaining four matches.
We started badly and the gelling wasn’t good. We, however, somehow got it along the way and now, our focus is on finishing well. The top 8 is a realistic target and when we do that, I am confident we will start next season’s campaign very well,” he tells Soka.
Upon readmission into the Kenyan top flight after a year in the cold of second-tier football, KCB were among the biggest spenders and brought in more than ten new players. Kibwage was among them, joining from AFC Leopards. He says winning the very big matches in the league played a huge part in their morale in a topsy-turvy season.
”Winning big matches injected a lot of moral to the playing unit. We picked 4 points from the champions and beat Leopards home and away. When you record such results, morale comes along,” he adds.
The youngster was named captain briefly after the bankers dismissed a part of the playing unit and technical bench in January after a poor start to the season and it is one he took as a challenge- admitting that it came as a surprise.
”I was surprised, to be honest, there were many deserving players but then I took it as motivation, stepped up and made sure I delivered,” he concludes.
The Bankers have won nine times in the season and have Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday 18th. They have scored just as many goals as they have allowed and lost 11 times in their return season to Kenya’s top flight.