Jairus Adira is halfway towards his 2019-20 season’s target of 18 clean sheets and has 15 more matches to achieve this. Boasting a no-nonsense defense line, one that at some point in the first leg of the season did a 6-match clean sheet spell, the former Kenyan Premier League goalkeeper of the year believes they can work together for the remainder of the season and relive their impenetrable spell at the start of the season.
Posta Rangers currently sit in 8th position on the KPL log, and have let in 18 goals, most of which comes midway through the season. Adira knows why his backline broke at some point.
”We did have a good spell and everything was working well but sometimes injuries happen and some players will be played out of position. There is also the issue of suspensions. I remember against Kenya Commercial Bank, we had to finish the match 9 men,” Adira, who won the 2014 goalkeeper of the year award tells Soka.
But there are teams they vowed to not drop points against. Coach Sammy Omollo’s men is one of the few sides to have not lost against Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards in the first half of the season. Against Ingwe in fact, they went for all three and got their reward.
”If you want to finish in a respectable position you have to stan up to the big teams,” adds Adira.
The former AFC Leopards keeper knows that the mid-season transfer window spells changes but admits Rangers is at a good place as regards their season targets before the league kicked-off. Michael Apudo- a consistent figure on Rangers’ left flank of defense, leaves for Gor Mahia but coach Sammy Omollo has already brought in Collins Okumu, Humphrey Okoti and Yusuf Mohammed.
Just like the trio coming in, It was play-time that brought him here, Adira says. his stint at AFC Leopards had him battling for starting places with Rwandese International Eric Ndayishimiye and Ezekiel Owade. For a seasoned keeper who has in fact tasted glory at the end of the season, he had to jump ship.
”All I can say is I wanted to play. Nothing more than that. At Rangers I knew I would get the consistency that I needed and I am happy it’s coming,” says Adira who has played all the 19 matches.
Former Gor Mahia man Gradus Ochieng and former Tusker youngster Byrne Omondi are the two that deputize Adira at the mailmen and having been in his shadows for a good part of the season will likely see play-time in the Cup where Rangers begin their action in the round of 32.
The mailmen will be away to Chemelil on Saturday for their 20th league outing.