Ezzy Obungu knows how much pressure is on his shoulders and his Kisumu day High School charges when the national school football games begin in Kisumu next week. As hosts- Day will be banking on the immense Lakeside support in a pool that comprises Western representatives St Peter’s Mumias, Mbooni Boys and Nairobi representatives.
The youthful coach who also doubles up as Kisumu Hot Stars coach in the FKF Division One only has one task in sight- to see the national gong remain in Kisumu.
In a brief interview with Soka after their early morning training session at the Moi Stadium, Obungu exhibits confidence.
”It will be good if this trophy remains here. We have to fight as a team. We have the home support and that is our target. We believe with prayer and persistence we will win,” he says.
Kisumu Day won an appeal against Nyanza Region champions Barding High School whom they lost 2-0 to in the Nyanza regional final; their claim- ineligibility of one Sunday Ochieng, scorer of the two goals in the final match.
Obungu says they took a break after that loss but resumed training when they heard the result of the appeal that had bestowed regional championship on them.
”We took a break after the regional games and resumed when the principal called us back. Training has been good, some of our key players had injuries but they have had time to recover fully,” he adds.
Kisumu Day, who last participated in the national games in 2015, return to the national fold beaming confidence, especially with the inclusion of three key players who missed the regional games due to engagements in the Chapa Dimba na Safaricom national games.
Striker Benson Omalla is one of the key players returning to the squad an expected to shine for the Kisumu school and Coach Obungu couldn’t have asked for a better boost.
”I am very confident because we missed three key players during the regional games. We struggled a lot and heavily relied on the U16 players. With their return, I am sure of victory,” he concludes.
The ball games are set to begin on Tuesday 30th and will be played across different venues in Kisumu City which include Kisumu Boys High School, Kisumu Day High School, Lions High School and Moi Stadium.