Nzoia Sugar striker Elvis Rupia has promised to stay at the club despite interest from a number of SportPesa Premier League sides.
Rupia’a name is on the lips of many local football enthusiasts due to his goal-scoring prowess that has seen him hammer in 14 already this season to help his side to fifth position on the 18-team log.
That rich vein of form has earned Rupia plaudits with many tipping him to equal or even surpass the record of 26 goals in a season set by Gor Mahia legend Maurice “Sony” Ochieng in 1976.
However, the striker is not getting carried away by the good talk and is instead keeping his feet on the ground.
“The best thing for me is to stay with the club until the end season then I can be free to chart the way forward. My chances of improving stand a better chance here than anywhere else,” said Rupia, dispelling rumours that he is on his way out of Nzoia,
“That talk that has been going on but it is untrue,” he added. Rupia’s stance is likely to delight his coach Bernard Mwalala who had just last week asked the striker to stick with the club if he wants to clinch the coveted Golden Boot Award.
“If Rupia stays at Nzoia, he will be top scorer in the league but if he leaves, I doubt he will achieve that dream because settling in another team will not be easy,” said Mwalala. He added: “I have sat with him and advised him to at least see off this season at Nzoia before deciding on his next move at the end of the season.”
Mwalala confirmed to People Sport that several top-flight clubs are eyeing Rupia’s signature as well as some of his team-mates in the midseason transfer window which opened at the start of this month.