Looking for a midfield defensive kingpin for the 2018 season? Look no further as former Thika, Gor Mahia, Tusker and AFC Leopards star Peter Pinchez Opiyo is looking to return to the Kenyan Premier League after four seasons out.
Pinchez last featured in the KPL for Leopards in 2014 and is currently a free agent. That being the case he has zeroed in on playing locally once again in the 2018 season due to family commitments.
Capped 34 times
He stepped out of the KPL in March of 2014 for a two year deal at Finnish top tier side FF Jaro Pietarsaari till the wrap of the 2015 season.
After six month recess, the 2013 Cecafa senior challenge cup winner with the Kenya national team moved to the Middle East to join Qatari second division side Al Markhiya in late July of 2016 to take up an irresistible offer. He stayed on at that club till for a year, till June of 2017.
In an exclusive interview with Soka, Opiyo, capped 34 times for Kenya between Mar 2009 and Aug 2014, and currently on holiday in Malaysia said; "my contract (with Al Markhiya) ended and I am now looking to play locally in the KPL once again as I raise my family,"
Somewhere to settle
"I am looking to find somewhere good to settle for the season," said the box-to-box player best known for his pinpoint passing.
As he looks forward to a taste of the KPL once again, Pinchez gave a quick comparison of the two leagues he has graced in the recent past.
"Qatar has very good facilities because of the amount of cash pumped in over the years but they are growing gradually. Quality wise Finland has a good edge on them," he added.
Rise to prominence
Opiyo began began his youth career at Thika United but sprang to prominence when he joined Gor Mahia for two seasons from 2009.
It was at Gor that he earned his first national team cap – in March of 2009, and at the end of his first season emerged the 2009 KPL midfielder of the year, as well as runners-up in to other categories; New player and Most Valuable player.
He was to return to Thika in 2011 before crossing over to Tusker the next year helping them to the 2012 league title. He left in June of that year to join Leopards whom he led to the 2013 GOtv Shield title and to a second-place finish in the league.
His openness to return to the KPL comes at a time when the transfer is two weeks away from closure with most teams deep in their pre-season, all in readiness for the league kick off in early February.