Nzoia Sugar Football Club might seem silent in the ongoing transfer window with only exits confirmed at the club, but for a side know for thrusting up relatively unknown players to the fore over the years, they could very well be having something up their sleeves this coming season.
Big names have left the sugar millers who at some point in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League campaign, battled financial setbacks. Following Elvis Rupia out through the exit door are David Odhiambo, goalkeeper Mustapha Oduor, Luke Namanda, Tom Tera, Hillary Wandera and Brian Otieno.
Midfielder Edgar Nzano however tells Soka that they have replaced the exits and that we should only wait for the season to begin.
‘’We have lost a good number of reliable players but we have also brought in a good number of able replacements,’’ Nzano says in an interview with Soka.
‘’Before being roped in we had a pre-season assessment for the young new players where we played top premier league teams like SoNy Sugar, Western Stima and Kakamega Homeboyz. They did well, and some were instantly brought in,’’ adds Nzano, one of the longer serving players at the side.
Nzoia finished the 2018 top flight campaign just 4 points above Nakumatt FC- playoff candidates and there are a few things they want to do differently when they kick-off their 2018-19 season against Zoo FC in Kericho.
A side known for attacking football, Nzoia rues the many chances that they missed whenever they played last season. Nzano was worried because the more chances they failed to convert, the more they were at risk of conceding on the other end.
‘’We are a side that always creates chances. On average the first three chances of the game always went our side but we never scored. That has to change. We have a fresh attack line that I have confidence in. By making the most of our chances, we can then work on not conceding,’’ says Nzano.
The Bungoma side currently takes instructions from Nicholas Muyoti who joined the side towards the end of the 2018 season. Nzona describes him as someone who will bring out the best in Nzoia in the coming season.
‘’He is a great coach and we will do wonders with him. Everyone enjoys his system of play and so have adapted to it. The coach brings out the best in everyone and I have trust that we will do well,’’ he concludes.
Nzoia travels to Zoo on the opening day of the season. A side with which they earned promotion from the 2016 National Super League. In their meetings at the top, the first two ended square while last season had each win in their backyard.
They play on December 9 from 3 pm at the Green Stadium in Kericho.