Chemeli Sugar has termed the just ended 2018 Kenyan Premier League season as the ‘most turbulent and excruciating’ campaign in the club’s 15 years in the top tier league.
The Millers once again secured their place in the top tier after finishing the season on 14th place despite wading through the second leg with a youthful squad following a mass exodus during the June transfer window.
Chemelil Sugar kicked-off the season on an impressive note, but the good run suddenly weaned midway through after players went for months without pay, a situation that saw 17 players exit the club during the mid-season window.
The team, however, promoted a majority of the developmental side to the senior rank and the juniors paid back the faith by securing a place in the KPl next season,
“The 2018 season presented the most challenging period in the club’s history,” Chemelil Sugar chairman Bosco Magare said in a statement where he also thanked a ‘handful of staunch, sincere and faithful ardent fans’ of the club.
"At one point, the club was perched in the relegation zone in position 16 out of 18 clubs featuring in the SPL competition.
"But, the indefatigable youthful players, most of whom were recruited during the June, Chemelil Sugar FC was able to put spirited ditch efforts to climb out of the relegation zone and avoid the Damocles of relegation in its 15-year KPL's history.”