Three years after joining Homa Bay AllStars as head coach, Robert Ojienda introduced a new philosophy to the club, preaching the importance of his team’s “attacking brand of football” philosophy.
The journey, according to the tactician, has been gradual but surely fruitful and his persistence has started paying dividends with success in the league this season showing encouraging results.
Playing in the FKF National Division Two Central Zone League, Homa Bay All Stars are not contenders for the league title, sitting third on the log but they are also the third high scoring team in the zone with 14 goals from 10 matches, a sure indication of how coach Ojienda’s attacking football philosophy is bearing fruits in transforming the team into an attacking football powerhouse extraordinary team.
“It’s the best season I have ever had since l joined Homa Bay Allstars in 2015 as the coach,” Ojienda told People Sports.
“It has taken quite sometime for the team to adopt to my system of play completely,” he added.
“As a new coach, you must start by introducing your philosophy in the team. It is a gradual process that should be given step by step but I am happy since part of last season’s good number of my players have now mastered our tactical approach of the game,” he said.
“This season it started perfectly well, with the team sitting at top position in the table for four consecutive matches winning five of the first matches before the current league leaders Rainforest spoilt the party for away in Naivasha,” he said.
Ojienda, a KNVB-trained coach and CAF C license holder ,does not keep his eggs in one basket but he rather looks into so many things in the game other than just winning matches.
“Though it’s unfortunate that soccer is a result-oriented game and its success is only measured by winning, but to me, l sometimes get out of this direction and ask myself did the boys play as per the instruction? Did they create chances?
This keeps me going because l believe in nurturing talents as well. That’s why my team comprise an average age of 20 years,” said coach Ojienda.
True to his philosophy and ambition of nurturing talents, half of his squad are recruits from last year’s Form Four students, with his current striker and first choice goalkeeper being Form Two and Four students respectively from the neighbouring schools.
“This young side has managed to put the team in third position in the current standing in this competitive league with only a loss of one match away, maintaining unbeaten record at home with a win of six matches including beating the league hard fighters and Bomet County government-sponsored side Kamungei at their backyard before the top government officials of Bomet County,” excited Ojienda continued.
With his philosophy finally sinking into the playing system, coach Ojienda could now look up to guiding his team to great heights with his short term in the league year, well defined.
“My focus is to finish top three in the first leg, then I embark on preparing for the second leg and with most of my second leg matches at home, l believe this year if all goes well, Homa Bay Allstars will be promoted to the next level,” said the ambitious coach Ojienda.