REDEMPTION TIME?

Coach Oyoo keen to revive old good days at Thika Queens

Oyoo said he needs at least seven games to instill his philosophy in the team.

In Summary

•Oyoo, who replaced Benta Achieng was appointed on Thursday last week and faces a herculean task of reviving the good old days

• Oyoo expects the team to start the season on a high and will be banking on home advantage to secure maximum points.

Thika Queens players celebrate after winning the 2020/21 Football Kenya Federation Women's Premier League
Thika Queens players celebrate after winning the 2020/21 Football Kenya Federation Women's Premier League
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Newly appointed Thika Queens coach Joseph Oyoo has said dethroning Vihiga Queens from the Women's Premier League title is the team's main objective as they host Nakuru Queens this weekend.

Oyoo, who replaced Benta Achieng was appointed on Thursday last week and faces a herculean task of reviving the good old days. Achieng, who guided Thika to their second WPL title in the 2020-21 season, left Thika on mutual consent.

The former Mombasa Olympic tactician thinks he has what it takes to steady the ship at Thika Queens. Thika were a pale shadow of their former selves last season, finishing fifth overall with 36 points from 22 matches. "The only business we have is to win the league, nothing else," Oyoo pointed out.

He added: "There was no need for me to come all the way from the coast to play second fiddle. Thika Queens are one of the best and biggest clubs in the country and that's why I accepted the challenge."

Oyoo has also tutored schools like St. John's Kaloleni and Kwale Girls. The 51-year-old will have to put his house in order if Thika Queens are to return in a big way.

Oyoo said he needs at least seven games to instill his philosophy in the team. Some players have left for greener pastures while the defense is currently depleted, leaving the gaffer worried.

"We need to build a team with an identity. For the few days I have worked with the players, I am not content with the shape. We need to freshen up things because both attack and defence are wanting."

"We have two injured defenders and that is a cause for concern. Some three new signings are yet to link up with the rest of the squad yet we need to find the right combination. However, I expect a season like no other."

Oyoo expects the team to start the season on a high and will be banking on home advantage to secure maximum points. "The Nakuru match is very crucial. We have to capitalise on the advantage of playing in front of our fans and give them something to smile about."  

Meanwhile, Trans-Nzoia Falcons striker Violet Wanyonyi has finally signed a two-year deal with Moroccan women's top-tier side, Municipal de Laayoune—bringing the protracted saga to an end.

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