MAILMEN BLOW

Cheche, Imbuye out with injuries as Posta resume league action

Incidentally, the two defenders were part of the new players who were acquired at the beginning of the season.

In Summary

•Despite the setback, Okumbi believes the rest of the team have prepared well enough ahead of the anticipated resumption.

•Okumbi said it would take more time for the players acquired at the new players to gel well with the rest of the squad.

Gor Mahia's Harun Shakava (L) battles for ball possession with Josephat Lopaga of Posta Rangers during their Premier League clash at Moi Stadium, Kasarani
Gor Mahia's Harun Shakava (L) battles for ball possession with Josephat Lopaga of Posta Rangers during their Premier League clash at Moi Stadium, Kasarani
Image: ERICK BARASA

Posta Rangers head coach Stanley Okumbi has said he might have to tinker with his mean backline when the season resumes on Saturday.

This follows the nasty injuries sustained by center-back David 'Çheche' Ochieng and right-back Sammy Imbuye who might have to stay out for an unspecified period.

Posta Rangers were scheduled to flex muscles with record champions, Gor Mahia at Moi Stadium Kasarani on December 5 but the match has now been canceled given Gor have a Caf Confederations Cup assignment against AS Otoho d Oyo of Congo at Nyayo Stadium on the same day.

Incidentally, the two defenders were part of the new players who were acquired at the beginning of the season.

Whereas Ochieng joined the mailmen from Mathare United, Imbuye made the leap from rivals Sofapaka.

Despite the setback, Okumbi believes the rest of the team have prepared well enough ahead of the anticipated resumption.

“We've had a number of friendly matches that kept the team busy ahead of our next fixtures. However, we can only wait to gauge the status of the team on the pitch to know if the preparations were effective enough," said Okumbi.

“There are areas of concern and we are working to rectify the existing loopholes that cost us our past matches. We need to make our defence more solid, the midfield more functional and the attacking force sharper,” said Okumbi.

Okumbi, who also doubles up as Kenya's Under-20 head coach, has pledged to give budding players more exposure. 

“There is a need for top-flight clubs in the country to nurture upcoming players early enough to ensure there is a constant supply of quality players for the national team,” said Okumbi.

“At Posta Rangers, we have the likes of Steiner Musasia and Josphat Lopaga who are both members of the Rising Stars,” said Okumbi.

Okumbi, however, reckons it is too early to set targets for the season, insisting that action has only begun.

“We shall be setting our objectives straight as the season goes by. Right now, we are still trying to build a competitive squad by blending the new players with the existing squad,” said Okumbi.

Okumbi said it would take more time for the players acquired at the new players to gel well with the rest of the squad.

“They are not badly off but, of course, they need a little bit more time to fit in properly and to understand our philosophy even better.