Newly promoted West Conference side NYSA made a posistive impact in their first leg appearance in the SPS8 PL. They went into the mid season break sitting 2nd on the log with 31 points.
Newly promoted Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League side Ngando Youth Association (NYSA) head coach Fredrick Otieno says he is happy with the performance of his team in the just concluded first leg of their first appearance in the top league.
After a brilliant run, NYSA went into the mid-season recess sitting nicely at second place on the 16-team standing with 28 points, just five below the leaders Kawangware United, leaving coach Otieno in high spirits.
Save for Zamalek FC who are also doing well, other debutants Macmillan FC and Team Umeme are struggling to match up with the intensity of the competition, Otieno’s youthful side seems to be reading from a different script as they have adapted in the championship with relative ease.
“It has been a good journey so far we did not expect to finish the first leg at where we are, as a coach I am happy with this achievement and for that I appreciate all players for the hard work. Remember we came into the league as underdogs but now were are up there and ready to fight for this trophy.” Coach Otieno who guided the team to clinch the 2016 second division title, the Sportpesa Super 8 Div One League said.
The Dagoretti based side made an astonishing start to life in the premier league after ruthlessly ripping experienced Kabete United to shreds in a 6-1 rout in their first league game back in March instantaneously demanding the spotlight.
Since then the NYSA have breezed past opponents effortlessly on their way to winning eight further matches, drawing four times and losing just twice, to champions Kayole Asubuhi FC and Kawangware United in identical 1-0 defeats.
As a matter of fact, are the only team to concede the least amount of goals (11) in the first leg something that coach Otieno attributes to his solid backline.
“The system that we employ is that we have to lock down the defence tight before we can begin attacking so this has helped us concede least goals and also I commend the our defenders for the way they were motivated and determined, they were always fast in reaction and ready to follow instructions.”
NYSA head coach Fredrick Otieno gives intructions to his players at half time during their SPS8 PL clash with Jericho FC at Ngong Posta.
Second leg plans
With the top spot just an inch away, the possibility of outpacing Kawangware United is lingering and from the look of things, should the leaders slip up, Otieno’s charges would gladly take charge of the standings.
Peppering the prospects of claiming the top spot is the fact that they boast of the services of speedy forward and club top scorer Sam ‘Kiki’ Lemashon who is currently among the leading contenders for the leagues’ golden boot award with 10 strikes under his belt.
However coach Otieno remains modest in possibilities of beating Kawangware to the 2017 SPS8 PL title.
He says: “I cannot say we will beat them to it, there are so many factors to consider. Firstly, Kawangware are more experienced in the league than us but they know what we are capable off and we are familiar with their tactics but our aim in the second leg is to take each game at a go. We hope to put our best foot forward in the final leg and who knows what will happen from there, we might as well win it.”
“We are very ambitious as a team right now we are not resting during this break, we are actually training and having friendlies with other teams in preparation for the second leg. We are also looking to strengthen our team by adding at least two players; one defender and another midfielder, so that we have more options in the squad.” He added.
Last season, NYSA who represents the West Conference won the second division title after attaining a massive 64 point out a possible 90 and subsequently got promoted this seasons Sportpesa Super 8 Premier League.
They are seeking to make history as the first team in the new Sportpesa Super 8 League era to win both the Division One and the Premier League title.