Kakamega Homeboyz will play their home matches in Nakuru beginning with Saturday’s duel against Betking Premier League (BPL) title-chasing KCB.
Homeboyz last weekend lost to Nairobi City Stars and are one of the four BetKing Premier League clubs affected by the recently imposed Covid-19 containment measures in the regions of Nyanza and Western.
Homeboyz have dropped to 10th on the log in a very tight mid-table contest but can rise as high as 6th with a victory over KCB on Saturday.
Coached by the duo of Nicholas Muyoti and Bernard Mwalala, the side whose form was only second best to Gor Mahia before the loss to City Stars boasts of an incredible depth in the squad but will have to do without Ahmed Ali Bhai who was stretchered off against City Stars.
The midfielder, suffering a knock on his left knee, is currently recuperating and his place against KCB will most likely be taken by Shami Kibwana.
KCB will have to keep tabs on BetKing Premier League player of the month for May David Okoth who has also been included in the Kenya Kenya U23 squad. He is one of the two players from Homeboyz considered for the national team as defender Sylvester Owino is also in. Okoth feels more can come from him this season.
”We came up short against City Stars but we can rectify a few things on Saturday against KCB. The player of the month award motivates me, makes you feel that someone is watching and I want to maintain my form,” says the man currently on five goals for the season.
On the other end of the field, the bankers’ point-man upfront Derrick Otanga will have to be checked by the Homeboyz defense since he is currently firing from all cylinders. Otanga is on seven goals for the season and four of them have won 12 points for Coach Zedekiah Otieno’s men.
Otanga puts team goals ahead of personal ambitions though.
”The team comes first. I’d want to score as many goals as I can and because that is helping the team, I am happy.”
”We are really focused on the title and the belief in the team is incredible. We know our strengths and every time we go out there, all we want is to win,” says Otanga.
KCB have only lost once in their last five times out and with Tusker ascending to the top of the table on Wednesday 23rd, the most has to be made from the match in hand for the bankers. A win takes them back on top over Tusker by a single point.