Opiyo focuses on coaching and becoming player agent as he prepares to hang his boot at the KPL

  • Nairobi City Stars and former Harambee Stars midfielder Peter Opiyo ‘Pinchez’ says he is looking forward to what could be his swansong season in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) with his side Nairobi City Stars.

Opiyo, the 2013 Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup winner has talked up his retirement plans suggesting that he’s trained his sights on farming, coaching, and becoming a player agent.

In January, Opiyo penned an 18-month contract with second-tier side Nairobi City Stars and has been instrumental in helping the Kawangware-based team secure promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.

City Stars, who were leading the second tier 20-team standings with 43 points from 18 matches, were automatically promoted along Bidco second, seven points behind them when the second-tier football league ended prematurely in March owing to the novel coronavirus pandemic outbreak.

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“Joining City Stars was a very easy decision to make. I loved the vision of the President (Jonathan Jackson). We have not achieved this (promotion to the premier league) by fluke. Our team consists of a talented squad, hard-working coach supportive management, and some passionate fan base. With this, we stand a chance of competing in the Kenyan Premier League and causing some upset,” Opiyo explained.

Before signing for Sanjic Alagic side City Stars, the ex-AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia traded his talent in Oman at Al Shabaab FC, twice at FF Jaro (in Finland), Al Markhiya (Qatar) and with Turkmenistan champions Altyn Asyr.

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“Football in Europe is very different compared to Asia and Africa. Europe is far much ahead, and the quality of the game is really high. Most teams play a very fast passing game and the infrastructure is top-notch. The Asians are slowing catching up but African administrators are lagging Behind and have a lot to do,” the veteran midfielder said.

The skills ball-winning midfielder Opiyo, the elder sibling of enterprising keeper Levis Opiyo has not announced his retirement but hints he has already planned for that moment.

“I practice farming. I would wish to be a football agent and use my contacts to help expose talents. I have also thought of working as a physical trainer,” he concluded.

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