- The Nairobi City Stars and former Thika united custodian Levis Opiyo lasted only a season in the Germany lower-tier Fortuna Babelberg before joining City Stars. Lack of competitiveness and fund forced an early return.
Opiyo lavished the good experience in the club but condemn the lack of competitiveness. Despite that, he is thankful for the experience he accrued during that period.
“I left Posta Rangers and headed out to Germany for trials and signed for a club known as Fortuna Babelsberg which was playing in the lower tier. The experience was good; I learned a lot but the league was not competitive enough because of the tier they were playing in,” Opiyo explained.
Opiyo describes his stay at Mathare as his best moment. When asked of his best moment he replied, “Definitely, 2017 in one of the best-known clubs in Kenya, Mathare United.”
“While at the club I met one of the best coaches in Kenya (Francis Kimanzi) who likes to play the ball from the back. That made me happy because that is my strong point. He gave me confidence and encouraged me every time to play that way,” Opiyo continued.
He developed game by game allowing him to feature in 27 of 34 games that season. He was then nominated for the season-ending goalkeeper of the year award.
Opiyo’s journey began after he impressed in the Safaricom Sakata Ball tournament that was played in 2010 and 2011. He emerged as the best goalkeeper on both occasions catching the eyes of Thika United who offered him a scholarship.
He continues to explain how hard it was to climb to the Kenya top tier league. “During those days the Kenyan Premier League was very tough. And for a lad straight out of High School it was even tougher.”
The 25-year-old stopper would have hanged on at Babelberg should it have been the woes of financial and competitiveness constrains.
He concluded, “Due to lack of funds, I decided to return home after the season to join Vihiga United on a short-term deal to the end of the 2018/19 season.”