Premiership newbies Kisumu All Stars have a win in Kenya’s top flight after 9 attempts. The victory- a Saturday 9th fixture pitting the Lakeside club against SportPesa Super Cup champions Kariobangi Sharks, lifts Coach Henry Omino’s boys from the bottom of the 18-team log and even closer to their Saturday rivals.
Leading All Stars out the tunnel on Saturday was midfielder Shadrack Omondi- a key figure in their promotion from the second tier last season and he was the man- in fact, splitting Sharks defence and forcing them into an own goal. All Stars won 1-0.
He says they’ve worked so much for the victory and knew it was only a matter of time.
”We just lacked confidence because there are matches we have played and were supposed to win. As a new team in the division, we were bound to be nervous and that costed us in some matches. Against Sharks, we just went for it,” he tells Soka.
Prior to the Sharks meeting, All Stars had played eight and lost five of those. They had scored four goals but soaked in thirteen in return. It was not a good form, and Omondi knows it.
The midfield enforcer for All Stars has come up against Sharks many times before and knew they were not going to be an easy side, not their current unit.
”I have played against Sharks more than three times in the Super League a couple of year back and they are usually very tactical. So you approach them with caution. Their current side is even better and we had to do our very best in order to beat them,” adds the former Palos FC midfielder.
He says the win boosts his unit’s morale and they will be looking out for more points in their next encounters.
”It was a morale-boosting win and maybe that’s what we needed. We believe in ourselves and the team spirit has since improved,” he continues.
All Stars’ next fixture sees them host Wazito FC on the 20th, a side also reeling from a string of inconsistent results. Wazito, heavy spenders during the pre-season transfer window, have only amassed ten points from nine matches.
The two face off at the Moi Stadium from 3 pm on Wednesday 20th.