Bullish Kakamega Homeboyz eye top 5 KPL finish
Kakamega Homeboyz have set their gaze on finishing among top five in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) this season after earning promotion and finishing eighth last term.
Homeboyz will be playing its third season in the top flight after being relegated to the second-tier on their debut in 2014 with the club out to establish themselves in the KPL.
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The Mike Mururi coached side have signed seven players with the prized capture of striker Wycliffe Ochomo who was the second-best scorer last season from Muhoroni Youth FC with talks aimed at bringing more to the team ongoing.
Jeremiah Wanjala, Festo Mukoto, Wycliffe Odhiambo, Osiye Omengo and Kennedy Kibet have come in from sides who played in the 2016 KPL- Sony Sugar FC, NairobI City Stars FC, Sofapaka FC and Muhoroni.
Homeboyz also raided the National Super League for Joshua Midiro (Shabana FC), Tom Edward (Agro Chemicals FC) and George Oduor (Vihiga United FC)
“We are still looking for a full back to boost our defence as we also plan to bring back Ali Tesi who has been on loan at Vihiga United,” Mururi who formerly coached Chemelil Sugar underscored.
The Kakamega side resumed its training at Bukhungu Stadium on Monday with the new players joining the squad though some are waiting for their release letters from their former clubs.
The team will also be participating in a Western clubs friendly matches so as to enable the new players to quickly adopt the coaches playing formula.
“We will be playing Western Stima, Nzoia United and Vihiga United in a tournament at Bukhungu,” Mururi added.
Club patron Cleophas Shimanyula exuded confidence the team has matured enough to push for a higher position.
“We are now in KPL Top 8 this season and we will focus on finishing among the top five at the end of the season,” Shimanyula asserted.
Former AFC Leopards captain Martin Imbalambala, ex-Gor Mahia winger Patrick Oboya, striker Abbas Akinyemi, Augustine Etemesi and Abdulaman Mohamed have been released by the club.
Homeboyz will be using Mumias Sports Complex stadium for home matches in the first leg as they look forward to playing at Bukhungu that is still under renovations in the second term.