Clinton Bulimo has been impressive for Western Stima FC so far in the BetKing premier League season and for a first timer in the top flight, has done more than enough to be noticed. Bulimo plays in both defensive flanks for Stima, a utility man who has ammassed nearly full minutes for the club since the season began.
The 21 year old former Manyatta United and Kisumu Hot Stars defender however feels the league stopped just when the team had picked up rhythm and was rising from the relegation zone. Stima, now under coach Abdallah Juma, had started the 2020/21 season on a our note that saw the club part ways with coach Paul Ogai.
Bulimo, though admitting that the recently imposed Covid-19 restrictions that entailed the closure of all sporting activities took a little wind of their sails, believes they can still opt to pick up from where the team left.
”It’s momentum loss for us but everyone is keeping fit and I am sure the team will just pick up from where we left. We were playing well and had risen off from the bottom. So the next plan was to continue going up,” he says.
Th dimunitive full-back, who rose straight from the third tier to the top flight, now busies himself with small business when not conducting personal training in order to make ends meet.
”As a team you know we don’t have a sponsor so it also wasn’t easy when the league was going on. Right now, it’s even worse because we are not playing and cannot get he match allowances that we used to get.
After training I usually spend the rest of the day overseeing my small thrift store business. I have plans to make it bigger in future,” he adds.
The lad, who was part of the 2018 Chapa Dimba na Safaricom national champions with Manyatta United, is pleased with his progress on the field however, and knows the only way is up for him.
”I didn’t know I would be here this fast but I desire to play in the tp flight for a long time. It has been kind to me so far and I want to go further because I believe in my abilities,” concludes Bulimo.
Stima has not lost a single match from their last three outings, a fair return as compared to their opening ten matches of the season. Coach Abdallah Juma’s men had a date with Nairobi City Stars next before the league came to a halt. City had dispatched them 2-0 in Kisumu from the reverse tie.