Okoth in the market to sharpen blunt Vihiga United
Vihiga United head coach Sammy Okoth has bemoaned bluntness his attack department has been exhibiting since the kickoff of the Kenyan Premier League this season, leaving them with only nine points after 12 outings.
The former Zoo FC tactician has consequently announced that he is seriously in the market to buy lethal strikers seeking to turnaround their fortunes in the Premier League, with their current position 15 on the 18-team table causing him headache.
While Okoth admits the team has been creating enough chances to give him goals needed for a convincing fight in the topflight, lack of clinical finishers remains a major undoing.
“We are not happy, I’m not happy with how we are squandering open chances in front of our opponents’ goals. We are in search for strikers who will help us in that area because we need goals if at all we are going to play for wins in this league,” a dejected Okoth said after his team lost to Kariobangi Sharks over the weekend.
He added, “When you lose chances including penalties then you will be punished by your opponents. We have already signed one striker but we are keen to make more additions because we also want variety,” he further revealed.
Vihiga were condemned to their seventh loss of the season at home in Mumias by in form Kariobangi Sharks in round 12, thanks to a late goal from league’s top scorer Eric Kapaito despite making quite several clear attempts without anything to show.
On Tuesday afternoon, Okoth leads his men in yet another tough encounter against hosts Bandari FC, who are buoyed by their important win over AFC Leopards on Friday.
“Being number 15 is not at all a good position and so we must quickly regroup and find means and ways of how to move up the log standings”, Okoth added, already plotting un upset away in Mombasa.
On his part, team captain Patrick Okulo has echoed the sentiments saying the trend so far is worrying, against their target to cement a place in the topflight this season.
“If we continue losing points then it will be hard to attain our top 10 target which is very dangerous. We don’t want to be in relegation fight in the tail-end of the season,” noted Okulo.
Vihiga sealed An FKF-PL berth this season by beating Kisumu AllStars ina two legged playoff, with Okoth promising to avoid at all cost returning to the “much harder second tier NSL.”