KPL Season 2018/19 Preview: Kariobangi Sharks FC Image-Sharks
KPL Season 2018/19 Preview: Kariobangi Sharks FC
By Zachary Oguda | Sat 08 Dec, 2018 08:00
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William Muluya has made some exciting acquisitions and will hope that his young squad can defy expectations in their third season in the top flight.

Last Season’s Finish: 6th

Sharks failed to replicate the performance of their debut season when they finished third in 2018 but that cannot wash away the fact that this has been one of the most improving teams in the Kenyan football scene.

Their third appearance in the Kenyan Premier League has come with so much expectations that should be handled with care. Apart from their participation in the top flight, the team will be representing Kenya in the CAF Confederations Cup having made it to the first round with a 9-1 aggregate. To show their intent, they have already bagged the KPL Super Cup and guess at the expense of which team-Gor Mahia.

Tight Schedule

The tight schedule they have this time will force William Muluya to rotate his squad frequently but that should not happen at the expense of one competition although balancing the two competitions has never been easy more so for starters. They have some of the most exciting young players in the country and should just be fine in allowing all of them express themselves in a way they know how; Muluya already said that the tight schedule is a blessing since each and every player will have a chance to represent the team.

The arrival of Tom Teka from Nzoia Sugar has been one major talking point; the defender having been integrated straight to the starting team. Apart from other signings, keeping top scorer Eric Kapaito was a major boost for a side that isn’t short of strikers. In George Abege and youngster Sydney Lokale, they have two players who can cover up for the former FC Talanta man before he recovers from his injury.

Inexperience

But young squads can burst too when the pressure is too much due to experience and this might work for them should they fail to handle their schedule as required. They will need to have their act together and hope that they deliver when mostly needed. William Muluya has been given a perfect environment to thrive and this was exhibited when the club hierarchy stuck with him when he lost five games on the trot between July and August.

They might not be in contention for the title yet but they will surely trouble teams with their attacking style of play. Win against AFC Leopards in the opening day of the season might be the boost they need to match the best around.

Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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