A tough season awaits Western Stima FC, coach Paul Ogai admits. For a side which has already found the back of the net three times in three matches, that would be a bold thing to say- but then, Ogai’s charges have only managed to score from the spot, and this is a real concern to the coach.
Stima, drawing 0-0 against Bidco United on match day one of the BetKing Premie League (BKPL), went down 3-1 away to Sofapaka and 5-2 at home to Tusker. All their three goals so far, have been netted by goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo from the spot. The side didn’t really fare too well in fishing for strikers during the pre-season.
”We have plenty of youth in the team, given the amount of players we lost last season. Some of them we got from the very lower leagues and it will take sometime before they adapt to the top flight. For now, Villa (Oromcan) is the only experienced striker in our forward line,” says Ogai.
Saturday was a real goal-fest in Kisumu when Tusker came calling. By the 40th minute, four goals had been shared between the two teams and by the time the half time whistle went, the visitors had added two.
Maybe there is a problem in attack, but what about a defense that leaks in five goals. Coach Ogai knows why.
”A huge part of the entire playing unit is new to the top flight, and even the defense has some very new faces. After conceding the fifth goal, I brought in Marvin Ayoro in centerback and no more goals were scored.
”He is also from the third tier but has already shown that he has the confidence to play at the top level,” reveals Ogai.
So the coach takes learning from the first few matches as key to helping his boys adapt fast.
The season is already underway and the coach admits his youthful team will have to learn the hard way and by the time they gain stability, hopefully- his charges will not be too far down on the log. Stima lie second from bottom of the 16-team log with no win yet.