Melis Medo has arrived and it is time for a new dawn to begin. The expectations here are different and he has no option but to compete.
Last Season’s Finish: 5th
The task for Medo must be daunting but as he proved at Nakumatt FC (now Mt. Kenya United), he is upto the task. The American should not find it hard at the club too since his predecessor didn’t do anything to write about. His task is to try better last season’s performance and try win at least a trophy for the side. But that only be a wish under the tutelage of Elly Kalekwa. For a man who is so customized to winning, Medo’s stay at the club for a longer period will be determined on how he churns results.
Crucially for Sofapaka will be the fact that they have a coach who knows what is required in the KPL and he has arrived with some of his players from his previous club with the hop of erasing the vague tactics that in seasons led Sofapaka to becoming flimsy, immature and prone to collapse at crucial moments of the season.
One can say that Medo didn’t have any pressure at Nakumatt going by their financial status; the club needed Medo than the coach needed them and at a particular point it was like he doing them a favor. All said, he brilliantly built his Cv and at one point was linked with a move to AFC Leopards. That can’t be said now of the coach who has no excuse but to deliver since he now has the funds at his disposal with the club President likely to have given him the needed financial support to rope in the players he needs.
There has not been a major departure apart from that of Ezekiel Okare and Kevin Kimani but Sofapaka doesn’t look short in those areas. Tom Adwar and Elly Asieche could form a very good partnership in midfield and in Okare’s place Piston Mutamba should not find it hard to grab the onion bag; in Kimani’s place, Cliff Kasuti should fill that void without any struggles.
John Baraza has gone back to his assisting role and this should help Medo in understanding the players he found in the team better. This is a team that in more than one occasion threatened to topple top teams in the division and this might be the right time to win their second KPL title. They have no other option but to have a stab at the title.