The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Homeboyz Take Glory in Stride

Kenya Premier League debutants Kakamega Homeboyz have refused to be carried away with their storming start to their maiden season in the top flight league after a 3-1 win over Karuturi Sports at their Bukhungu Stadium backyard on Sunday.

Homeboyz coach Fred Serenge said they have their feet firmly on the ground and are aware the hard work for them starts now. "We wanted to make sure we made an impact in the league and that is what happened in our first match. I was happy with the way the players applied themselves and we started on a good note in front of our own fans," stated Serenge, who formerly coached Western Stima in the  KPL.

Serenge, however, was quick to point out that his side are determined to prove that they can battle it out with the very best in the division when they travel to face Thika United in their next match on March 10

"We are trying to keep up with the same tempo that we began the season with. We have our squad intact and I expect another good match against Thika because we will have enough time to digest our performance and prepare well for our travel," said Serenge.

The Homeboyz coach revealed his pleasure at the manner in which some players, who were making their first appearances in the KPL, showed composure and held their own against more experienced opponents.

He cited Dennis Mukaisi, who scored two goals to continue his rich vein of goal scoring form from the Nationwide League, where his goals catapulted them to promotion.

"It would have been difficult to note that some of our players were playing in the KPL for the first time. They had the confidence that I think will be very important when we face more experienced sides in the coming weeks. We were happy for Mukaisi to score two goals in his first match in the KPL and hopefully, like he did last season, he will score many more," observed Serenge.

Homeboyz also have in their ranks experienced defenders acquired in the close season like Wellington Murwayi and Gregory Nyapala as well as goalkeeper John Wau. Midfielder Samuel Misee Mwangi and veteran striker Francis Chinjili are also other players who have tasted top flight action.

The Kakamega-based side will not be in action when the second week of the league continues on Friday. After their first match, the league debutantes currently sit second in the league on goal difference behind league leaders KCB.

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