With the loss of key players and a coach who understood the dynamics of the region's football leaving, stability will be a key aspect for Nzoia.
Last Season Position: 13th
It will be interesting to see how Nzoia Sugar parades for their first match of the season this weekend after almost all the known names that represented the team last season left for other clubs.
From Tom Teka to Luke Namanda, Nzoia's backbone seems to have been broken by the departures and head coach Nicholas Muyoti will hope that the players he has on board will have an outing that keeps them grounded as the season progresses.
The departure of coach Bernard Mwalala midway through last season had left the team in disarray and that was replicated by their performance where they finished 13th after a thrilling first half with the current Bandari FC coach in charge. With the little time accorded for preparations ahead of the new season, one wonders if coach Muyoti has had enough time to incorporate his new faces in the team.
The mass exodus had forced the club to call for trials in search of fresh new talents and according to club chairman Mr. Ngisa Mokua who acknowledged the fact that they have challenges ahead of the new season, a lot of their struggles were pegged on financial challenges. If the same is sorted they might have a different season but that will depend on how the new faces adapt to the vagaries of the Kenyan Premier League.
The team has always promoted lesser-known youthful players and this is another chance for Muyoti and his team to follow in the footsteps of his predecessor. Muyoti himself hasn’t had thrilling stints in his previous work stations but he is a coach who knows how wins in this division is a key aspect after a tough outing with Thika United last season. Living in the shadows of Mwalala is something he will have to shake if he is to create a new path and churn results on his own without being judged by what Mwalala did for Nzoia.
Staying afloat should be key in their list of priorities and bar any serious changes, this is one team that might find itself in the National Super League in the 2019/20 season. Staying afloat remains their prime target.
Players In: NO Confirmation