Western Stima Football Club may have started with just a point from their Week One of the new Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season but it is one they have never picked. The Kisumu Powermen, starting away to a side they have never always lost to on the road- recorded an entertaining 2-2 draw against Kariobangi Sharks FC in Machakos on Friday 30th and this a good indicator according to captain Samuel Odhiambo.
The goalkeeper scored the leveler late in the game after Sharks had rallied from behind to lead 2-1 through Patrick Otieno and Eric Kapaito. He says they have never been as pumped up for a season as they are for this one.
”The team is well prepared and focused, we are going for a win in every match. There are very high spirits in the team right now and as captain I see us achieving the targets we have set,” the veteran goalie tells Soka.
Stima finished 13th in the 2018-19 KPL season with 39 points from 34 matches- a lackluster showing from a side that hardly experienced any financial difficulties as their peers. Odhiambo, however, cites lack of a common goal for their previous failure to perform and reveals that has changed.
”The main reason we never played to our full potential in the previous seasons was the lack of togetherness. At the moment, players are bonding well. We talked to the players and they agreed to cooperate,” he adds.
The side lost a few key players in Vincent Odongo, Kelvin Okoth, Kopany Hubert, Maurice Ojwang, Martin Oduor and Kemboi Wesley but have since addressed the exodus with more youthful names as Fidel Origa, Kelvin Musotsi Wesonga, Kennedy Owino, Abdalla Chamberi, Juma Henry, Oromchan Villa, Robert Achema, Augustine Kuta among others.
Stima- currently led by Salim Babu and Hesbone Nyabinge, next have Wazito FC on their roster for Week Two of the KPL- also their first home fixture for the new season.