Since their promotion to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), Ushuru FC has blown hot and cold.
The taxmen who are under the tutelage of former Harambee Stars goalkeeper Ken Kenyatta have had one of the most formidable squads but have found it pretty hard to finish among the top three in the league that is bankrolled by SportPesa.
In the 2014 season, Ushuru finished the league in the 12th position with 33 points and were just two places above the relegation zone.
The team then made a drastic improvement last year, winding up the league in the eighth position with 37 points behind AFC Leopards (41), Muhoroni Youth (44), Tusker (44), Bandari (46), Sofapaka (47), Ulinzi Stars (48) and Gor Mahia (78).
Despite inconsistent performances by the team, an Ushuru player was quoted in a an online media platform saying all is not lost and it may be a dawn of a new era in the 2106 season going by the pedigree of the players that have been signed in the just concluded transfer window.
“It is tricky yes, sometimes it works for the team and sometimes it does not, but with what I have seen in training I believe the new players have the potential to be better and be more effective for this team.
He added: “We always start the season on a high note but end up badly, this time round we will be working on that,” Kenyatta could not air his comments on the club’s seemingly topsy-turvy approach of the league citing the parastatal club’s protocol, but what is doubtless is that Ushuru needs a paradigm shift if they are to dine with the big ‘boys’ in the pecking order at the end of this season.
The team lost experienced players, but have recruited talent in equal measure and it remains to be seen just what is up their sleeves in the league which kicks off this weekend.
Among the players who parted ways with the team are goalkeeper Samuel Odhiambo who joined Chemelil Sugar, Allan Kateregga who inked a two-year deal with Leopards and the duo of Michael Macharia and Davis Ikocheli who did not renew their contracts.
While Odhiambo had been sourced by Ushuru from Tusker, Kateregga had tasted action with Bidco, Tusker, St. Joseph and Tiopfry Allstars since landing in Kenya from his native Uganda where he had stints with Jinja Municipal Council, , Hippos and BUL FC.