Western Stima FC new man Henry Juma says his brief stay at Muhoroni Youth during the 2016 Kenyan Premier League under 20 tournament has greatly helped him acclimatize to the hot Kisumu conditions having recently made a daring switch from capital side Kariobangi Sharks to Stima.
Juma, 21 now, joins Salim Babu’s charges as an attacking midfielder and in the process links up with his former high school coach Hesbon Nyabinge who serves as an assistant at Stima. He is one of the players recently unveiled by the Kisumu Powermen and has trained with the team for well over a fortnight now.
”The main challenge here was the heat but I think I’m already used to it. You know I was at Muhoroni Youth once while still in school so the weather change hasn’t affected me much. I’ve trained with the team and everything is coming along well,” says the attacking midfielder.
His shift from a team that recently made headlines after beating English side Everton FC in the SportPesa Super Cup, is however informed by the need for more playing time. He is young and believes he should play more. So having won three titles with Sharks, made the bold switch.
”I needed a new challenge. At Sharks, I won Sportpesa Cup, Gotv Shield, and the KPL Super Cup but I really needed to play more. So I came to Stima to look for it and I know with hard work I will achieve my goals,” reveals Juma, a junior international for the Kenya U23 side.
Joining him at Stima is Fidel Origa, another youngster from Sharks and another half dozen battalion from other Premiership sides. Abdallah Chamberi, Kennedy Odhiambo, Amos Njau and Kelvin Wesonga join from SoNy Sugar FC while Oromchan Villa has been recalled from Bidco FC in Uganda.
Highly-rated striker Amos Kigadi comes in from Vihiga United while Nyanza Region Chapa Dimba na Safaricom MVP Ibrahim Ochieng joins from Kisumu Hot Stars.