Sofapaka assistant coach David Ouma has tipped midfielder Collins Shivachi to shine this season.
Ouma believes the player, who is making his third appearance in the Kenyan Premier League, has matured enough to have an impact in 2014.
The 20 year-old midfielder was part of the national youth team, who finished runners-up during last year's Cosafa Youth Championships held in Lesotho.
“He has made tremendous progress over the last one year and has proved that he is ready to break into the first team,” Ouma told Goal on Friday.
“Shivachi is very good at passing and controlling the ball and has grown in his ability to read the game and make changes as required. This is his year to shine.”
KPL opening weekend fixtures: February 15 – Western Stima v Mathare United (Bukhungu Stadium), Sony Sugar v Top Fry Nakuru (Awendo), Muhoroni Youth v Sofapaka (Muhoroni), Ulinzi Stars v Chemelil Sugar (Afraha Stadium); February 16 – Bandari v KRA (Mbaraki Sports ground), Thika United v Tusker (Thika Municipal Stadium; February 19 – Gor Mahia v City Stars (City Stadium), KCB v AFC Leopards (Nyayo Stadium).