Sam Ssimbwa believes rejuvenated Sofapaka can go all the way and lift the 2017 Kenya Premier League crown but admits his team lacks depth.
The Ugandan tactician who was head coach at the club in 2009 before departing towards end of season, in which they won the league says the coming on board of a sponsor has given the team liberty to go compete favorably in the market.
“We now have a sponsor so we are at liberty to make good signings unlike in January when we were limited in terms of spending,” he told kpl.co.ke.
I feel like we need players with speed in the squad. We also need to have cover in crucial position. The league race in not a joke and anything can happen.
The former Express, SC Villa and KCCA coach among others rued the January transfer window insisting he came in late and couldn’t do well in the business end of the market.
Remember also that I wasn’t able to make signings in January because I came in at the tail end of the transfer window so it is a good chance for me to bring in a few young players. As you know, I like grooming youthful players so hopefully that will happen in June.
Top three by June
Now 3rd on the log with 15 points, Ssimbwa believes that if the side can be in the top three by mid-season, they will be good for a fight till the end of the campaign.
Key for me, however, is to be placed within the top four positions in June. If that happens I can assure you Sofapaka will be up there in November fighting for the title.
Other Ugandan tacticians in the KPL include Paul Nkata (Bandari) and George ‘Best’ Nsimbe (Tusker) and sit 8th and 9th respectively.