The Star (Nairobi)

28 November 2012

Kenya: Thika Sign Three

Fresh from releasing four players last week, Thika United have signed three youngsters from the Kenya secondary schools ranks ahead of the 2013 season.

Coach John Kamau has signed Sammy Mejja, formerly of Kakamega High, Josiah Gichu of Ofafa Jericho and Mwinyi Kibwana of Kilifi Mixed.

Kamau said the players will not be rushed into first team duties but will, instead, be carefully monitored before taking up the first team duties.

"We will have to monitor the players and ensure they are ripe for the big stage. We can't just to allow them to take up the first team duties without developing them both mentally and physically," added Kamau.

Kamau said the players have been given four-year contracts, adding that by the second year, they should have graduated to serve the first team.

"We have observed them for the past one year and we can assure you that they have the talent and what it takes to mature into formidable stars. We hope they will be able to make the transition from school to club football," added Kamau.

"Gichu and Kibwana are attacking midfielders while Mejja is a defender. All of them are talented and promising players. I believe they will become great stars in the future. I will give them time to grow both physically and mentally."

Kamau expressed confidence that the side will be force to reckon with next season. "This year, we came very close but come next year we will be stronger. We will recruit well and with the blend of youth and experienced players, we hope to challenge some of the big teams around," added Kamau. Thika finished fifth with 46 points

Elsewhere, Sony Sugar FC are set to make changes in the playing unit and the technical bench as they prepares for the 2013 season. Team chairman Chris Odero said: "We are dropping many players and also recruiting a large number of new players. We will also make changes to our technical bench," Odero said.

"We will reveal the players exiting the club and make changes to our technical bench on Tuesday," he added. Sony finished eleventh in the league with 38 points from 30 matches.

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