Sofapaka performed dismally last season evading the axe on the last day but their boss Elly Kalekwa has promised fans that the team will make them proud in 2017.
In 2016, their main problem was lack of finances; a thing Kalekwa says will not be the case this year. He explains that Sofapaka is a big team which can challenge for the league title if financial problems are sorted.
“Even the best teams in the world never stay on top all the time. Look at Arsenal. They once won the league unbeaten, but nowadays they are just an average team. It happens.
“I agree that last season we had struggles of our own. We had acute financial difficulties but we managed to pull through. We even finished in a good position!
“What happened is that our sponsor encountered financial difficulty, and asked us to allow him to halt his support to the team for a while as he sort out the problem. I remained as the only financier for the team, but I got engaged with my own business ventures away from this country. This affected the team’s operations.
“But now I am back here fully. There are people, big people out there, who know where this team has come from and it’s potential. They have already approached me offering one kind of sponsorship or the other.
“I shall be making a big announcement soon, but in the meantime, I would like everyone to know that we are not going to be the punching bags again this season,” he told kpl.co.ke.
Sofapaka won the league in 2009 and posed their worst show in 2016. So far, they have played two matches in 2017, losing to Sony Sugar and beating Western Stima.