- The experienced footballer, Peter Opiyo aka Pinchez is back to the Kenyan football after playing for more than 6 years in Finland and Qatar. The playmaker joins Nairobi City Stars which is participating in the National Super League.
Opiyo rose to fame in 2014 when featuring for the top tier clubs such as Tusker FC, Ingwe, Gor Mahia and Thika United before joining FF Jaro in Finland.
Building his name in football, Opiyo says his move to NSL seems to be a starting point in his football career.
“There are things we do not do right in the country, and this is mostly on the people who handle players (agents, advisers). That is why when players go abroad, they do not usually go into the big leagues from the start. They have to go to small football countries and maybe start in second division teams to be taught basic techniques such as passing the ball. It is almost as if you are starting all over again,” said the former Kenyan international.
Opiyo who also played for Al Markhiya in Qatar helped the team to get to a higher division. The midfielder also disapproves the notion existing that the league is a walk in the park. He says there are challenges and obstacles as well.
“Every league is hard to play in. In Qatar, they hire the best coaches with good credentials. The main challenge was that they depended on professional players more than the domestic ones. It is something they kept reminding us as the professional players; that it was up to us to perform and make the team better,” he said.
Opiyo joined Nairobi City Stars on an 18th month deal. He also confirms that he does not only focus on the his football career but also life after football.