Coach Irungu is determined for his young side to feature in the KPL Top 8 tournament next season by virtue of finishing in the first five places in the leagueThika United head coach John Irungu is eyeing a top five finish when the Kenya Premier League (KPL) concludes next month.
With ten matches left before the end of the season, the Thika-based coach believes his side have had a good run since the campaign began, and he would be satisfied with a top five finish that would earn automatic qualification to next season's Top 8 KPL tournament.
"Generally our performance has been quite okay. We have performed better than last season and we want to maintain momentum in the remaining matches so that we can have a top five finish," Irungu told Goal.com.
"With our current fourth position, we just have to avoid defeats, win as many matches as we can and we will attain the target. It has been a very tough and competitive season and even the remaining ties we expect to face stiff opposition."
"As the league nears conclusion, all teams are going to be tough, especially those facing relegation and that is why we must remain focused to achieve the target.’’
Thika United is currently lying in fourth position in the sixteen team table after earning 33 points from 20 matches, seven shy of leaders AFC Leopards. They have registered nine wins, six draws and five defeats. Their biggest win this season was the 6-0 demolition of Rangers FC in June.
Thika suffered a humiliating 4-1 home defeat in their last league assignment to Sofapaka at Thika Municipal Stadium, and Irungu is looking to make amends when they confront Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) on August 20 at Nyayo Stadium.
"The defeat to Sofapaka was a wake up call and a warning that we must remain focused if we hope to finish well in the league. We want to bounce back to winning ways and our target is to do even better against the bankers," he told Goal.com.
Thika has been boosted by its lead goal scorer, attacking midfielder Kepha Aswani, who has been prolific this season. Aswani found the back of the net ten times thus far and is currently the league's second top scorer after Sofapaka’s John Baraza.