Kakamega Homeboyz are eyeing their best ever finish in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and according to club chairman Cleophas Shimanyula, they could just be the team to watch as the 2017 title race unravels.
Shimanyula’s sentiments come on the back of the team’s rise from a goal down to beat Thika United at the Mumias Sports Complex on Saturday 9 August, which propelled them to third on the log.
Homeboyz have lost just once in their last 15 league matches (0 – 1 to Mathare United on 2 August) and a bullish Shimanyula says writing his charges off may be a wrong move, even though the team is 10 points behind league leaders Gor Mahia with 11 matches to play.
Challenge for title
“I am happy with the team; I like the dedication the players and the coaches have shown this season and I have reason to believe we can still challenge for the title. We are way off but we should not be ruled out just yet.
“As it stands, Gor Mahia have an advantage, Sofapaka are in a good position too but the race is still open. Anyone can still win it from the top to the eighth placed team,” he told Soka.
Shimanyula’s side is doing its third season in the top flight. The first attempt in 2013 ended in dismay as the team finished three points shy of the safety zone, but it returned to the top flight at the start of the 2016 campaign and finished eighth.
While the team seeks to have a say on where the title goes, it is worth noting that Shimanyula runs the club without any corporate sponsorship. He is banking on the rise the team has shown to convince potential sponsors of investing in the club.
“I think our growth as a club speaks for itself; we are at the moment competing with teams that are well funded and yet we do not have a sponsorship. Our model is a message to any sponsor out there that investing in us can be a great opportunity not only to market themselves but to also play a crucial role in developing players from this region and the country at large.
“Unlike many clubs we have around, in this team there is no politics and leadership wrangles. Moreover, in this region, we are the best performing team, which I believe places us well for sponsors,” he stated.
Shimanyula’s side has lost just four matches this season and with two more wins over the current nine, they will set their best ever record in the top flight.