Former Western Stima coach Paul Ogai says his first time in the Kenyan top flight was a great learning experience and one that plays an important role in his development as a coach.
Ogai, promoted with the Kisumu Powermen from the 2018 second tier National Super League as champions, won coach of the month in his first month in the Kenyan Premier League after an impressive start but still feels the division below is a little tougher.
”My experience here was great, I cannot complain because I learned a lot. We started well, kept the team intact and added a few young blood, and most top-flight coaches didn’t know my approach to games so we had an upper hand in the opening stages,” says Ogai, when Soka stumbled upon him offering a little helping hand to Kisumu Hot Stars who play in the FKF division one.
Ogai currently trains with Hot Stars when he finds the time, as he also bides his time waiting for fresh offers. Asked whether he would consider a return to the top flight, the former Kisumu All Stars tactician does not rule anything out.
”I cannot rule anything out. A coach will always remain a coach and as you can see, I came here to the stadium just to have a little workout and here I am already imparting a little knowledge to these young ones,” he replies.
Ogai left Stima towards the end of April after the club had starved itself of a win and was replaced by former SoNy Sugar man Salim Babu. The experienced players at the club he says will help keep the structure of the team so that Stima stay in the top division and hopefully start next season’s campaign on a positive footing.
”Players who have been there before play an integral part in keeping the structure of the team and Stima has plenty of them. That is what helped me a bit and I hope it will help the current coaching team,” he adds.
Ogai has previously coached Palos FC and Kisumu All Stars before his stint with Western Stima that started in the second tier and ended a couple of months after his debut in the top flight.