Coach Sammy Okoth led his charges Vihiga United FC to a second successive BetKing Premier League clash on the road- a tie against Nairobi City Stars and having grabbed a point off of it, feels its something they can build on going ahead. United had in fact, threatened to walk away with all three points after taking a first ha;f lead through David Simiyu.
A spirited second half from City Stars saw the men in blue rally to hold their former National Super League counterparts in a 1-1 draw. This, a second match away from home, Sammy says was hard.
”It is always difficult to play away from home and for us we’ve had to play two matches that way. I am however delighted with the point against City Stars because we lost the first one against Tusker. Two losses would have been bad to take.
Simiyu rose to tuck away a Lesley Otieno cross in the clash, as United underlined their lack of respect to their former NSL champions. But Sven Yidah saved City’s blushes in the second half.
Vihiga United were relegated from the top flight in 2019 and spent a season below- still under Coach Sammy who upon return to the top, says the top flight has grown in stature ever since he left.
”The quality has greatly improved here. Might explain why we are still inconsistent but I’m not at all worried about that. The boys will catch up and we will find the right balance,” he adds.
United will host Bidco United at the Mumias Sports Complex when the league returns in January and they currently sit 10th on the 18-team BKPL table standings with one win, one draw and three losses.