Glad to be back; Kokoyo boosts team ahead of second leg

Geoffrey Kokoyo is back in the team and can’t wait to get back to action after five months out

After five months out action as he undertook a military course in Nanyuki, key man Geoffrey Kokoyo is back and already in training, in what passes as a massive lift for the team, as he is set to be registered for the second half of the season.

Kokoyo, a former Kenyan premier League Defender of the Year, says it has not been easy being out there. Upon completion of his course, the center back went straight to training as he longs for top flight action.

Can’t wait

He says he has been working hard to get to the same levels with the rest and can’t wait to get back to action.

“For someone who has been playing at the top for long, it was definitely never easy to be out for five months, though it is not the first time I have missed out for the same reason. I was prepared for the time out both mentally and physically and as I get back into the side I want to get to the same level as the others,” he said.

Upon returning to the side, Kokoyo gets the team firmly in the title race, being just five points behind league leaders Gor Mahia and his experience will be key in the team pushing on with the charge established as the second leg approaches.

Lessons from 2017

The defender has ambitions for the season; at the close of the first leg in 2017, the team was top of the log, but collapsed to finish the season seventh, and Kokoyo hopes nothing close to that happens again.

“At this stage last year we were doing very well and at the end of the first leg we were top of the log but we ended up finishing painfully. This year we are better prepared, we have done our homework and we want to ensure it doesn’t happen again.

“I am happy to find the team doing well and showing all signs of challenging for the title. It is a good push but calls for a lot of sacrifice from us. We are ready for that,” he added.


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