Western Stima Football Club are yet to win a league match in the new 2019-20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season after two rounds of matches but Coach Salim Babu’s assessment of his unit means they will come good eventually.
Stima were away to Kariobangi Sharks in round one and snatched a point from the side they’ve always lost to away from home. Next up were moneybags Wazito FC in Kisumu, a side with so much to offer and Salim says he was prepared for them.
”We knew the kind of opposition that we would face so we prepared well. It was a good game that worked according to plan but we did not get our chances in. With more composure up front, we would have won. We will rectify that in the next,” he says in a post-match press conference.
A barren draw at the end of ninety minutes, the Saturday Kisumu contest could have been snatched by hosts Stima especially in the second half. Former SoNy Sugar FC goalkeeper Kevin Omondi, more than once, came to the rescue of the visitors with stunning saves to deny Stima who couldn’t seem to get the ball over the line.
Bar the missed opportunities, Salim knows his boys are playing well, and just needs to find a way of making good play count at the end of ninety minutes.
”What remains for us right now is scoring the goals because we are playing well. We have a good defence, a good midfield and so we need to score too,” continues the former SoNy Sugar FC tactician.
The two draws leave Stima 8th on the 18-team KPL log, and an away fixture to 3rd place Posta Rangers FC beckons. Rangers won their Round One fixture against Sofapaka FC and leveled late over the weekend against Kakamega Homeboyz who had come to the capital with the intentions of continuing their perfect start to the season.
Salim feels like their first win comes this weekend.
”Posta Rangers are our next opponents and it’s an away match so we have to plan differently. We have a whole week to prepare and I know we will come back with a win,” he concludes.
The Stima technical bench that includes Hesbon Nyabinge is now half a season old having been roped in midway through last season- a move that was aimed at helping the club bounce back to winning ways having gone 12 matches without a win.
The new crop of players at the Kisumu side, much to the Coaches’ delight- are youngsters they have worked with before in their previous stations and starting the last match were four former SoNy Sugar players.