In a move aimed at easing the burden off Mathias Kigonya's shoulders, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Sofapaka FC have acquired the services of goalkeeper Ian Otieno from league rivals AFC Leopards on a long term contract.
The 24-year old who had a stint with Posta Rangers before joining Leopards, is optimistic that he will deliver in his new environment saying he was in the team to make Sofapaka one of the most formidable teams in the league.
“Yes, I have had experience playing at Ingwe and Rangers and I think it’s time Sofapaka also had the privilege to enjoy my services. Playing for a big club like Sofapaka is one thing and delivering is another. I mean, all players are paid to play and are thus duty-bound to ensure Sofapaka is a force to reckon with in Kenya and outside its borders,” Otieno is quoted on the Sofapaka official portal.
On the competition that is expected between him and Kigonya, Otieno said he did not expect things to be easy and is keen on working hard to earn his place in the team.
Otieno, who was a member of the Harambee Stars team at the 2015 CECAFA Senior Challenge, joined Leopards as a high profile signing but his exit was acrimonious. He castigated Leopards for giving him an undeserving sendoff.
“I don’t expect things to be any easy, Look, Kigonya being the first choice goalie means he is good while the rest of the young men are coming up well. That means I have my work cut out in making the first team. But it is possible for a good measure if I work hard. It was not a send-off worth talking about but let’s leave it at that. I wish Leopards the best of luck in their future endeavors,” Otieno said.
Sofapaka's first game of the season will be against Bandari FC on 4 February.