- The Western-based top tier Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Nicholas Muyoti has insisted that he will maintain the current squad and expects no major changes for the 2020/21 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaign.
Homeboyz staged an impressive battle for the league title this season and before the break which was forced by Covid-19. They were trailing the leaders Gor Mahia, 54 points, with 47 points and a game in hand.
“It was a good fight from the players and as the technical bench, management we are impressed. Nobody saw the coronavirus pandemic happening; it was a disappointment because we wanted to go all the way and win the league,” Muyoti said.
“I have faith in the current team, and no major changes will be done, we want to maintain our consistency and ensure we do even better next season. We are not far from winning the league; we have been building a team for that,” he added.
They had a great attacking force before the league suspension; Homeboyz had won 14 matches, drawn five and lost three in the 22 matches played, and had scored 45 goals, conceding 24 goals in the process.
The former Kenya international has also revealed how he has managed to motivate the players after the season set-back brought about by the pandemic.
“To be honest we were disappointed with the fact we might not finish the season as we wanted. It is humane for any human being to feel the same especially after the effort made,” he revealed.
“However, I have reminded my players in games we should expect losses as well and accept them to be stronger. There is still a chance the league might be played and I have urged my players to be ready for action any time. If it does not happen, our focus should be on continuing with the same energy next season,” Muyoti further revealed.
The Football Kenya Federation (FKF) decision to annul the league was successfully challenged by the KPL management who raised the issue with Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT). The SDT gave stay orders till the case is decided that is expected to make the final ruling on Thursday, May 28.