Western Stima FC's return to the top flight Kenyan Premier League (KPL) looks promising. As characterised by their recent acquisitions in a bid to bolster the 2018 National Super League (NSL) championship unit, the Powermen look set to at least stay afloat in the top flight when 2018/19 season concludes.
Entering Paul Ogai's midfield is his old captain from three years ago when he coached Palos FC. Clifford Omondi scored a goal in Stima's 2-1 friendly match win over his immediate club Chemelil Sugar FC on Wednesday 7th at the Chemelil Complex. Reports indicate his transfer is yet to be finalized but after featuring against his old side, there can be no turning back.
He is relishing the opportunity.
''It is a good move for me. I reunite with some of my former teammates and the coach too. It will be a pleasure playing for Stima in the KPL,'' says Omondi.
The midfield anchorman joined the sugar millers from Palos midway through the 2016 NSL season and has been a loyal servant to the side that experienced massive player turnovers in the last couple of transfer windows due to financial constraints.
Relegation-threatened towards the close of the 2018 KPL season, Omondi- then captain of Chemelil, steered the side and managed to see it stay afloat for another top flight season. He is thankful for the two and half years he spent there.
''Chemelil gave me my first top flight experience and I want to thank the management for believing in me. There were a few struggles while I was there but the support from fans and the management kept us going. We stayed and fought like men. I wish them the very best,'' he adds.
Stima have so far brought in former Gor Mahia defender Luke Ochieng, former Tusker center-half Vincent Omumbo, former Posta Rangers forward Kennedy Otieno, Vincent Odongo and Anthony Obonyo.