Barely three months since crossing the ‘adversaries’ line by joining Sofapaka from Kariobangi Sharks, offensive midfielder Elly Asieche wants to prove a point when the two team’s face off in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.
Asieche, who alongside Ibrahim Kitawi were off-loaded by Sharks during the January transfer window before they were lured by Sofapaka, is apparently relishing the chance to prove just what his former employers are missing.
“I’m elated at the prospects of facing my former team and this will be a unique and exceptional experience. Of course, I will have to take it in my stride and I want to affirm that despite having been in Sharks’ books for a lengthy period, they should not expect any favours from me,” said Asieche.
However, Asieche who is blessed with pace and power said it will be like any other match. “Realistically, it will be just like any other game where each one of us has to work hard to help the team conjure up a descent result. If we beat them (Sharks) it will increase our chances of catching up with the leading pack in the league,” offered Asieche.
This will be the first match of the double-header in Machakos and which will pave way for the second pitting battle-hardened sides Mathare United and AFC Leopards.
Placed second in the chart behind Gor Mahia, Mathare’s ascendancy will come under a severe test against Leopards who defied problems within their technical bench by inflicting Ulinzi a 2-1 defeat last week. Having said that, book-makers have highly tipped Mathare to prevail over Ingwe given their consistency since the league began.
Mathare warmed up for the game against Leopards with a 4-2 win over KCB in a friendly on Thursday, Elijah Mwanzia and ex Ingwe man Jacob Keli scoring a brace each and from all indications the duo will be in the ‘slum boys’ roster against the big cats.