The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: Serenge Ready for Take Off As Injured Players Return to Homboyz

Kakamega Homeboyz coach Fred Serenge is happy that 10 of his players who were down with injuries and a bout of malaria have recovered in time for the new Premier League season.

Serenge said most of the players had picked injuries from their recent friendlies around Western Kenya.Among those who suffered injuries include--Dan Lubembe (hamstring), former Leopards star Francis Chinjili, Maxwell Onyango and Andrew Kulecho.

Others are Ronald Omino, Kepass Mutua and Shitote Mwanzi. Serenge, a former Tusker star, said the newly recruited players from Kakamega High School--Moses Mudavadi and Paul Odhiambo--and newly signed keeper John Wahu from Oserian, have recovered from bouts of Malaria after three weeks in the cold.

He said the Premier League newcomers had played friendlies against Stima, West Kenya FC and Mumco FC, which they all won. The tactician said they are ready for the competition and they are not just there to make the numbers. "We will prove to that we are in the league by design and not default. We are here to compete and not participate," Serenge noted.

"It was unfortunate that my players picked unnecessary injuries during the friendlies but they have now recovered and resumed training, a signal that all is well," he said. Homeboyz who qualified for the premiership this season from the Nationwide One have signed 14 players ahead of the season.

Homeboyz play their KPL season opener this Sunday against Karuturi Sports at Bukhungu Stadium.Homeboyz are expected to compete for the western region's fan base with Stima. A Kakamega businessman Cleophas Shimanyula is committed to supporting the team throughout the season as long as they give him good results.

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