The Kenya Premier League is set to kickoff this weekend for the season 2019-2020. Nzoia Sugar Fc will face newbies Wazito Fc in their first match, which will be held on Saturday at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos from 1PM.
Speaking to the press while finalising their preparations, the management has expressed it’s confidence based on the team’s preparation ahead of the new season.
“We lost a lot of players during the transfer window. Almost 10 players left for other clubs but we are glad because we have been able to sign other fresh and talented legs.” said the team manager, Evans Kadenge.
He also asserted the transfers would affect the consistency of the team in the first 2-3 matches.
“These are new players and we also have a new coach and assistant coach. The first fixtures will give them an insight on the first 11 team.”
The sentiments have been echoed by the Chairman, Mr. Yappets Mokua who has no doubt the team will be better.
“It’s true we have lost good players to other teams but at the same time we have brought in better ones. When you go for war, any weapon is important. You can’t stop fighting because you don’t have a gun, a knife could also be worthy. Our team is well prepared, and we are going to compete for the KPL title effectively.
Supportive New MD Hailed
The club’s management has greatly expressed their appreciation to the new Managing Director of Nzoia Sugar Company, CPA Michael Wanjala Makokha who has shown his love, desire and support to the team. This has been monumental for the progress of the team, as per the team manager Evans Kadenge.
” Over 36 years of the company’s existence, he (CPA Makokha) is the first MD to show great interest to our team. He visited the team during a training session and has been in constant communication with the players and officials, giving them moral support and courage. He is bringing new ideas on how we can grow the team, the fan base and improve the performance of the team.”
Mr. Mokua added that the MD is a blessing to the growth of Nzoia Sugar Fc. ” It is very positive that for the first time an incumbent MD has come to the stadium to visit players. He is a man of words and actions, very supportive in both body language and actions. There is nothing better than having a parent who supports and appreciates you. We know the team is struggling financially but even other KPL teams are struggling. The exit of Sportpesa is making it worse. It is good that the MD is working with us and we are putting up measures for the well being of the team.”
The fans chairperson, Mr. George Kinuthia has also echoed the sentiments of the management.
“I profusely thank our new MD for supporting the game, we were gravely worried that he couldn’t support the game due to the financial strains facing the company. Kudos! MD. I also thank the Club’s Chairman Mr.Mokua for supporting the team through thick and thin. I hope the Scouting was superb.”
The chairperson has also urged fans to come together and support the team. ” I urge fans to sacrifice this season and support the players in and out of the field. Buy them snacks, fruits and anything when you meet our players. Let us also fill the stadiums whenever the team is playing and cheer our boys. Nzoia is ours!”
Support from Leaders
The management has also requested local leaders to come in and support the team retaliating the importance of growing sports in the region. “Nzoia Fc is a community club, the majority of boys playing here come from this region. We are also the only team from Bungoma county in the Kenya Premier League.” said team manager Evans Kadenge.
The club’s chairperson added that it is a high time the county government recognises and supports sports institutions within. “We appreciate the developing of Kanduyi stadium but who will play there if the county is not supporting the teams which should use the stadium? We have football, athletics, rugby, handball, volleyball, basketball etc. Every financial year there is a budget for the Ministry of Sports. It has no importance if there is no sports development within the county.” Concluded Mr. Mokua.
Last year, the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Hon. Eugene Wamalwa promised the team a bus to help cater for transportation costs, but the promise is yet to be fulfilled.