David Okoth Odhiambo is just picking from where he left last season, when the 2019/20 BetKing Premier League (BKPL) ended prematurely as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. According to the striker, has had had his best season yet- and at 11 assists and four goals with over ten matches to go, was sure he would feature in a category or two during the end of season awards. This though, hasn’t worn him off and when the 2020/21 BKPL began over the weekend, he was the difference between Kakamega Homeboyz and Vihiga United
”I had a good season up until the time the league was called off,” recalls Okoth after seeing his side Homeboyz dispatch Vihiga United at the Mumias Sports Complex.
”With over ten matches to go, I was sure I would finish with the highest number of assists and would have added a few more goals too. It was a huge disappointment.”
Okoth was just one assists behind Gor Mahia skipper Kenneth Muguna in the assists board, the same was his team Homeboyz, were just placed second in the overall league standings. He says they had title ambitions and that has not changed with the new BKPL season.
The club hasn’t changed much from last season and Okoth believes this is why maintaining their title ambitions is key. They can easily regain the momentum they had.
”We are pretty much the same as we were last season so we keep on working hard. A huge percentage of the playing unit stayed including the coach and that’s why we have began on a high,” he continues.
Homeboyz were matched by the hosts Vihiga United on Saturday in the opening half, at some point- could have gone down to a Henry Juma attempt that was dealt with by experienced shot stopper David Juma. In the second half, more urgency was shown by the visitors and just a minute and a half after the restart, Okoth arrived unchecked to drive home a Moses Mudavadi cut-back. A traditional left foot strike that decided the contest.
He has been working extra he says.
”The main difference between last season and the previous ones where I didn’t reach great heights was because I pushed myself more. Even now, having seen the results, I still push myself more. Doing extra hours of training had been rewarding,” he concludes.
Homeboyz lie 6th on the 18-team log, just one of the six teams that recorded a win on match day one. They next play at home.