Kakamega Homeboyz FC have found the back of the net 35 times, that’s joint second with Tusker FC among the Kenyan Premier League’s highest-scoring teams. A side boasting a wide range of attacking options, Coach Muyoti’s men have not only opened up scoring opportunities for their midfielders but also have a defender on four goals for the season.
There’s a reason then, for this high conversion rate upfront and winger David Okoth believes it comes from the immense competition for starting places amongst the squad members. Okoth, himself on 4 goals and 7 assists- second-highest in the league, says Homeboyz are known to be lethal out wide and having added quality signings to their attack before the season began, one could only tell that teams would suffer at their relentless attacks.
”We have very many wide players in the team and of high quality. Everyone wants to play so whenever given a chance, you’ll see someone either scoring or creating a goal-scoring chance. I am a forward in the team and I can guarantee you it’s tough to earn a starting place,” Okoth tells Soka.
Kennedy Onyango features in the central midfield but his name shows up among the high-scoring players in the team. 4 goals and counting, the lanky center-back proves further why containing Homeboyz takes a little more than canceling their forwards. Okoth says this has helped the team much- to have other options to call upon whenever their forward lines fail to function as expected.
”I think our backline and midfield play a huge role in our results. Some matches are tough, and apart from doing their defensive duties, they forge upfront and help us get goals,” he adds.
He has been involved in 11 goals ( 4 goals,7 assists), the former Bondo United and Nzoia Sugar man and has Peter Thiong’o ( 7 goals, 3 assists ) and Allan Wanga ( 6 goals, 4 assists ) up there with him in terms of goals-involvement. Other notable contributors to goals include Kennedy Onyango (4 goals), Ahmed Ali Bhai ( 4 goals, 4 assists ), Shami Mwinyi ( 3 goals ), Christopher Masinza ( 3 goals, 1 assist ) and Stephen Etyang ( 1 goal, 3 assists ).
Okoth thinks coach Muyoti does a little more than just coach. He mentors the unit to push themselves more.
”He has a great relationship with the players and gives playing time to anyone who is deserving. During very tough matches, it is his motivation on the touchline that carries us over our opponents,” continues the forward, adding that there is unity in the team- and that means harmony.
”I have been here for a long time and the main difference between now and before is that players are genuinely happy for each other. There are no camps between those who get a lot of playing time and those who do not. Everyone wants the team to win.”
Homeboyz are away to Bandari FC, a side from whom they have collected maximum points in the last three meetings. Both teams, however, did not win their most recent matches recording twin 1-1 draws against Wazito (Homeboyz) and Posta Rangers (Bandari). The two face off from 2 pm on Saturday at the Mbaraki Sports Club.