It would be folly for Francis Baraza’s side to deviate too far from the approach that kept them up. Their challenge now is to evolve a little and to survive without too much stress.
Last Season’s Finish: 14th
There is no sign from Muhoroni that Chemelil will be in to trouble opponents in the coming season but they should do just fine. At least there are no talks yet of unrest in the team cause by their financial instability and they look a happy side with a spunky determination to continue bothering bigger opponents but that’s where the problem lies.
Chemelil has been a bogey team for most of the so called top sides but has always fell short when they are up against their peers in the league. After struggling to stay afloat last season despite a perfect start, the man who kept them up Francis Baraza knows that they can’t go the same route as his last. His appointment though last last season should give the side some hope as he is one tactician who has been at this side before and knows what exactly is required to grind results.
Despite their torrid last season, Chemelil still emerged as one of the best defensive side in the league but they should work on scoring goals too. They have a new looking side after the mass exodus midway through last season with a lot of inexperienced players roped in then to fill the void left by their peers. Baraza now has had time to assemble a side he hopes will take them to the next level and the pressure isn’t on them with everyone not giving them a chance; a perfect environment to do their business without too much fuss.
With less than a month to go before the closure of the transfer window, concerns remain about the depth of their squad and the quality of certain starters but some of their players remain underestimated, others have potential that offers hope and no one can doubt the sense of solidarity at a club that; the club having a habit of summoning momentous performances even when seemingly out of form.
They begin their season with a tie against Mathare United before hosting Vihiga United what may be billed as the first relegation six-pointer of the season. They then have the chance to stamp their authority in the league with some winnable fixtures against Zoo Kericho and Mount Kenya FC before coming up against Gor Mahia in week Four.