Vincent Oluoch may be older than Benson Omalla but his arrival at the top flight was a long time coming- so he believes. The sturdy center-back, freshly roped in by the very club that gave his brother his debut in the BetKing Premier League (BKPL), Western Stima FC, has already made his own debut in similar colours and hopes to add more.
‘’I took a thigh injury from the our tie against Bidco United but having helped the team keep a clean sheet, I think I’m impressed by my output in that game,’’ says the 20 year old.
Oluoch captained Kisumu Day High School at the 2019 National ball games and while he marshaled Day’s defense in that competition, his brother was upfront making a name for himself. The latter has since joined BetKing Premier League champions Gor Mahia FC.
The end of 2019 saw Oluoch finish his form four and off he left for Ulinzi Stars Youth team, an outfit he represented in the annual Chapa Dimba na Safaricom tournament till the onset of Covid 19 disease. That’s when everything came to a standstill and he headed back home to Kisumu.
He takes inspiration from his younger brother Omalla.
‘’He made his top flight debut when we were still in school and because I’m older than him I think that made me believe that I too could play at the top level,’’ adds the youngster who in 2019, also led Manyatta United to the national Chapa Dimba title.
He may have missed Western Stima’s BKPL round two tie against Sofapaka but his debut in round one tells him that he is good to go. Stima fell 3-1 on the road and had held Bidco to a barren draw in round one.
‘’I felt a little pain in our clash against Bidco but it wasn’t too serious. When we resumed training in preparation for Soafapaka, someone made it worse so I had to take a break from our second match,’’ he continues.
Stima employs the ambidextrous youngster on the defensive flanks and will hope to have him ready when they host Tusker in round 3 of the BetKing Premier League.