Shabana keen to end poor league form
National Super League side Shabana team manager Elijah Sani is confident his side will turn a corner following their poor start to the 2020/21 season in which they have collected just one point from their first two games.
Shabana came back to force a 2-2 draw with Mt Kenya United last weekend, perhaps offering its fan base a sign of hope after a dispiriting 1-0 loss in the hands of Chemelil Sugar in their opening game of the season.
Having staged a successful preseason recruitment campaign in which the club focused on blending its youthful squad with experienced signings, the team seemed poised for a flying start to the campaign.
However, results from their first two games of the campaign have been a far cry from their expectations.
Sani says there is no reason to panic for the club as they prepare to take on former Kenya Premier League side Kisumu All Stars in a must win fixture if they are to avoid losing track of their ambition of making the cut for the Kenyan top-tier league come end of the season.
“The boys have worked hard in training since our last game against Mt Kenya United where we came back to collect a point.
“I feel there is no reason to panic because the season is still young.
“However we feel obliged to win our next game for the sake of the confidence of the players.
“They are hungry to qualify for the Kenya Premier League and a win against Stars will trigger a series of good results for us.”
The team has played its first home game at the Awendo Green stadium as its home ground is still under renovation.
Sani has welcomed the prospect of the team being allowed the Gusii stadium as the renovation continues as it will help them cut down their operation cost since they are still struggling financially.
“We are not doing well financially at the moment and the burden has been made heavier by hiring pitches to stage our home games.
“We will appreciate if the county government can allow us to return to our home ground soon.
The glamor boys are ranked 14th in the National Super League log after the first two rounds of play.