Abdulatif Omar in a past Sofapaka training session
Achkobe hopes to stick up there after good first show
By Peter Wainaina | Mon 17 Jul, 2017 16:56

Sofapaka defender Abdulatif Omar relived memories of his first stint at the club after head coach Sam Ssimbwa named him among his starters for the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash against Thika United on Saturday 15 July and after marking the start of his second stint in a full 90 - minute show, he is hoping to get more playing time.

Omar, brought in from Kakamega Homeboyz, rejoined the team he left two years ago for Bandari and had only made an appearance on the bench before the weekend game, in a round of 32 GOtv Shield clash against Western Stima.

His start was well aided by Wesley Onguso's absence, the defender being a member of the KPL AllStars team currently in Spain. He is happy at the chance and the assurance he gave after the game was to continue working hard for more while he eyes a more productive stint with the 2009 champions.

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"I really enjoyed my debut. I'm glad to get out and play and get some matches under my belt in competitive fixtures. I'd like to get a consistent run of games while I'm here and I'm glad that the club came in for me as it will be a great experience.

"To develop as a player, you've got to play competitively, and hopefully, I'll be able to do that over here," he told the Sofapaka website.

Though disappointed that they couldn't score in the game, the former Harambee Stars forward happy to take home a clean sheet.

Wasted chances 

"I thought we played well in this game but couldn't put our chances away. It (the result) was frustrating not only to me but to the entire team and fans, but that's football. We had several scoring chances but we couldn't make them count. We went right until the end though and to pick up a point is better than losing."

"They were difficult conditions to play under so we had to play long balls at times. The performance was good and I am happy with the clean sheet," he added.

The draw meant Sofapaka have gone winless in their last two league matches, having previously lost 1 - 2 to Nakumatt. 

Omar's quest for more game time will further be boosted by the fact that Onguso will not be back until Tuesday 25 July when the KPL AllStars team returns. It means he will still have a chance to convince coach Ssimbwa in the GOtv Shield game against Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday 23 July.

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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