With the 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season’s kick off still uncertain, Western Stima, just like the other teams in the top flight will be engaged in preseason friendly matches as a means to keep fit as white some is awaited in the stalemate pitting the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and KPL on opposing sides.
The Kisumu based team is on the way to Nairobi for two friendly matches, both scheduled for Saturday 18 February, against National Super League (NSL) sides, KCB FC and Nairobi Stima FC.
As revealed to Soka by the Western Stima head coach, the two matches will provide a good avenue to gauge how far the team is in terms of preparing for the season ahead, his key target being to see that the players gel after a busy transfer window in December – January.
“We are on the way to Nairobi where we expect to play two friendly matches; against KCB and Nairobi Stima. I will be looking at how well these players can fit in together because we signed a big number in the transfer window,” he said.
The coach stated that having the two matches on the same day was deliberately planned to allow for a good assessment of individual players.
“We will play KCB at Camp Toyoyo in the morning then Stima at Stima Sports Club in the afternoon. The two matches were planned for the same day to enable us gauge the endurance of the players and I am optimistic it will work,” he added.
The coach managed to steer the team to a sixth placed finish in the 2016 season and will be returning to the Top 8 after staying out since 2011.