The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Odera Confident of Thika's Premiership Prospect

Thika United forward Ezekiel Odera is confident his team will come good despite conceding late goal against Sofapaka at City Stadium on Sunday, to start their 2013 Kenya Premier league campaign on a losing note.

"The coach was happy with the way we played most of the game although a slight error of judgment cost us at least a point. I believe we could not have been flattered had we beaten Sofapaka because we played very well," remarked Odera, who joined the club from KCB at the end of last season

The former Gor Mahia striker together with club talisman Francis Kahata came on as second half substitute when the match was still goal-less, leaving no doubt about coach John Kamau's confidence to snatch victory against the 2009 champions. However, things did swing their way as they fell to an 82nd minute fortuitous strike from defender Eugene Asike after a mistake from error prone Lucas Indeche.

"The system of play at Thika really suits my game. The coach is always positive in his approach of any match and keeps encouraging us to express ourselves," said Odera.

"For any player, the more you play the sharper you will get and that is what I am working towards right now. I want to get as much playing time as I can under my belt and then my form will improve without a doubt," added the striker who also plays for Kenya Institute of Professional Studies (KIPS) in the Colleges League.

Odera, who has struggled to rediscover the goal scoring from that saw him hit 11 goals for KCB in the 2010 season and then being named the new player of the year before the ill-fated big money move to Gor, said he is nearing his best form and cited patience as the key to get back to his old ways.

"I am among teammates who give each other encouragement and we try to help each other settle well. I have done the same and I keep on working hard in training and I know if I play regularly, goals will come," said the soft spoken striker, who turns 25 in less than 10 days.

Thika will be returning to the capital tomorrow when they face Nairobi City Stars at Kawangware in the second round of KPL fixtures, hoping to get their first points under the belt against Bye Wadde's charges who were walloped 4-0 by KCB in their opening match of the season.

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