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Sofapaka defender put KPL strikers on notice

10:53 GMT+3 06/01/2018
     AFC Leopards defender Jackson Saleh at Machakos Stadium
Sofapaka will open their 2018 campaign against Bandari on February 4

Newly signed Sofapaka defender, Jackson Saleh has fired a warning salvo in the direction of Kenyan Premier League strikers, just hours after penning a two-year deal with Batoto Ba Mungu.

The much-traveled Saleh, who joined Sofapaka after six months stint with Nakumatt last season, told KPL strikers to come up with more innovative ways of bringing down the solid wall he intends to build at Sofapaka's defence.

Saleh is expected to form a formidable partnership with Jonathan Mugabi and Humphrey Okoti in Sofapaka's backline next season.

“Sofapaka is a big club and has a reputation to protect as the 2009 champions. I’m here for a good course which includes forming one of the most water-tight defence lines in the KPL,” the former AFC Leopards, Western Stima and Gor Mahia defender told Sofapaka website.

Boasting of five caps with Harambee Stars, Saleh, 27 believe Sofapaka will have to draw from the well of experience in the old players and the raw energy in the young lads to successfully challenge for the tight next campaign.

“I think we’ll make it (to the top). The squad is a blend of youth and experience and it is just a matter of working hard to realize our dreams.”

With only 33 goals conceded last season, Sofapaka defence was the meanest in the 2017 KPL season and Saleh’s acquisition is expected to add depth to Sam Ssimbe's selfish defence.

 Sofapaka will open their 2018 campaign against Bandari on February 4.