Shabana Football Club's match day roster reads like a premiership outfit. For a club just fresh from earning promotion into Kenya's second tier, the National Super League (NSL), two wins in two matches therefore shouldn't come as a surprise.
In there, the former giants have roped in seasoned players who have been at the top level over the past few years. Moses Arita (Western Stima), Wycliffe Nyangechi (Muhoroni), Mark Ongwae (Zoo FC), Moses Otieno (Gor Mahia), Joseph Omweri (Sony Sugar), David Simiyu (Sony Sugar), Oscar Oketch (Chemelil Sugar), Bob Mugalia (Sofapaka), Dennis Ongeri (Nzoia Sugar) and Patrick Kwitonda (Nzoia Sugar) just to mention a few are a highlight of the ambitious side.
A blend of experience and youth in the Kisii based side has already set them ahead with twin 1-0 wins in their opening two matches of the 2018/19 NSL campaign and Kwitonda, having made a difficult decision to leave Nzoia Sugar for Shabana, is part of the team's resurgence.
''We have started well even if it has been only a thin margin of victory. What matters is the win at the end of the day. The team had a good pre-season after I joined and from what I found here, I instantly knew we can make it,'' the Kenya U23 international tells Soka.
Oscar Oketch was on target in both matches as Shabana dispatched hosts St. Joseph's Youth in Nakuru on match day one before heading home to bag Week 2 spoils at the expense of Nairobi City Stars. The team currently sits fourth on the 20-team log with FC Talanta, Kenya Police and Wazito FC only ahead on goal difference.
On dropping a tier down, Kwitonda says his contract had run out at Nzoia Sugar and being a player looking for playtime, he opted out of another season with the sugar millers.
''My stay was coming to close and I had not played much. There was the option of Nakumatt (Mount Kenya United) but I thought Shabana would be a better option,'' adds the forward who was part of Nzoia's squad that earned promotion from the NSL in 2016.
The side takes on Kangemi All Stars on Friday 14 December at Camp Toyoyo, a Week 3 fixture slated for 2pm EAT. It will be one of the televised matches on Bamba Sport.