Chemelil Sugar FC goalkeeper Morgan Alube is a happy man after raking in 23 appearances in his first season in Kenya’s top flight- the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
Alube, a former tier four goalkeeper with Y-zone FC in Kisumu, was snapped up by Francis Baraza at the beginning of the season as a reserve goalie but soon rose against the odds to man the sticks for more than two-thirds of the campaign.
Last evening, after ensuring his side kept a clean sheet, his tenth of the campaign, against SoNy Sugar- a match they won and leaped out of the relegation play-off position, Alube marveled at a revealing season.
”I thank God for everything. I could not believe that it was me being named in the starting team but the coach gave me confidence because he trusted that I could do it,” he tells Soka,
Chemelil Sugar lingered precariously in the drop zone for a better part of the season- the team seemingly carrying on from where their troubles stopped in the previous campaign. An ill-equipped side under the tutelage of one of the most experienced coaches, the sugar millers have, however, managed to stay afloat.
Morgan, speaking of his teammates- says it all boils down to self-belief.
”We believed in ourselves even in matches people thought we would lose. I am happy for my teammates. They did a good job and always had my back even when mistakes happened. I am overall glad to have helped in keeping the team safe,” he adds.
Philip Muchuma scored the side’s lone goal yesterday against SoNy- for a win that took Chemelil to 14th position on the log. They end the season with 8 wins and 34 points.