Omino wants more

Stima boss tells his charges to work harder de­spite win over Muhoroni

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports | Local - BY FRAN­CIS WADEGU /

Af­ter see­ing his team pick up three vi­tal points away at Muhoroni Youth in their fight to avoid rel­e­ga­tion, West­ern Stima coach Henry Omino has chal­lenged his charges to main­tain those stan­dards if they are to beat the drop.

“It was a very good re­sult for us. But more im­por­tantly, the de­ter­mi­na­tion and the re­silience of the play­ers to get us over the line away from home en­cour­ages me that we can achieve our ob­jec­tives in the sec­ond leg,” re­marked Omino whose side are now on 22 points just one from the safety zone cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Mathare United.

“We have what it takes to be up there in the ta­ble. The sec­ond leg has just be­gan and I am very op­ti­mistic we are go­ing to do very well in the com­ing weeks,” Omino added.

The 1-0 vic­tory over Muhoroni came cour­tesy of a goal in first half stop­page time by Ezekiel Otuoma. The de­feat wors­ened the sit­u­a­tion for rock bot­tom Muhoroni who are four points in the red.

The Got Alila side have found them­selves em­broiled in is­sues on and off the pitch leav­ing their chances of sur­vival up in the air.

Last week, their club chair­man Moses Ada­gala was warned to im­me­di­ately end a case he has lodged at the High Court in Kisumu seek­ing to thwart the sta­dium ban that had been slapped on him by the In­de­pen­dent Dis­ci­plinary and Ap­peals com­mit­tee fail­ure to which un­spec­i­fied ac­tion would be taken against him by Foot­ball Kenya Fed­er­a­tion.

Muhoroni have 18 points from 21 matches. Pro­moted Nzoia Sugar fur­ther ce­mented their place in the top half of the ta­ble de­spite be­ing held to a goal-less draw at home to Chemelil Sugar.

The point was enough to help Bernard Mwalala’s charges to re­tain their sev­enth spot at the ex­pense of Ban­dari and cham­pi­ons Tusker. Chemelil also held onto po­si­tion 11 in the stand­ings with 28 points.

There will be ac­tion in mid­week as the league man­agers seek to avoid a clog­ging of fix­tures to­wards the end of the cam­paign. Gor Mahia are still top of the ta­ble with 44 points six clear of their clos­est chal­lengers So­fa­paka.

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So­fa­paka’s Ezekiel Okare vies for the ball with West­ern Stima’s Wes­ley Kem­boi dur­ing a past match

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