The departure of Eston Esiye to KCB leaves Homeboyz short in midfield
KPL Season 2018/19 Preview: Kakamega Homeboyz FC
By Zachary Oguda | Fri 07 Dec, 2018 13:19
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Paul Nkata is under pressure after some unconvincing results towards the end of last season, its time he delivered or walked out.

Last Season’s Finish: 10th

If a five man list is to be handed to the chopping man on who will be the first manager to get the sack in the new season then Paul Nkata’s name must be in the roster and he must be a man in fear with the club owner having shown no mercy to Mike Mururi last season despite the latter’s impressive work with the team.

Homeboyz had impressed in the first days of Nkata’s tenure and this was exhibited in their outing in the Sportpesa Super Cup in Nakuru but they lost their way towards the end of the season (winning just three games in 13 games) and became less than the sum of their malfunctioning parts. Injuries did not help but nor did they explain fully why goals dried up and their defence became porous.

Losing Core Players

The season might be tough for them after losing one of their most prized asset in Eston Esiye to KCB; the player first match for his new side set to be against his former employers. They have lost Collins Kisuya and Smith Ouko to Vihiga United too; these players having been the spine of the team. But that should not dent them as the Western part of the country, which they control in a way, has an array of young untapped talent that might help the team in the new season; the team already having promted two players from the youth team.

They still have striker Allan Waga who can score goals at any given time should he get the required support and apart from promoting the youth team duo, Homeboyz have gone for experience too with the team acquiring the services of keeper Mathias Kigonya who unceremoniously left Sofapaka and raided neighbors Nzoia Sugar for the trio of Luke Namanda, David Okoth and Festus Okiring. No one can say these are players of extra ordinary talents but they can do the required work; repeating their last season feat should be their main target.

They have a spine they can depend on but not that strong to trouble oppositions. Going by the departures and how they struggled to replace their dependable players, if Nkata doesn’t show any form of improvement in his first ten games, he may be asked to take the hike back to Uganda.

Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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