Sofapaka new signing happy to lead from front

Hillary Echesa was handed the armband by coach Sam Ssimbwa but says the appointment will not change his character

Hillary Echesa is delighted by the new role as Sofapaka captain even as he strives to steer the team to greatness in Kenyan Premier League.

Echesa, who joined Batoto ba Mungu in the June transfer window, was handed the armband by coach Sam Ssimbwa but the new captain says the appointment will not change his character.

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Echesa’s appointment is just among the many raft changes made in the squad by the Ugandan, who bestowed the 34 year-old former Harambee Stars player with the role of leading the Eastleigh-based side to their first KPL title since 2009. 

“I’m glad and actually a little overwhelmed. I didn’t think it would be that way. I’m just trying to stay myself. I’m not going to be an enforcer. I’m going to be myself to see that the club makes history,” Echesa was quoted on the club’s official website.

Sofapaka lost 2-1 to Nakumatt in a Kenyan Premier League match at Ruaraka grounds on Saturday. Echesa previously had a stint with Nzioa Sugar, Young Africans, Rayon Sport, Tusker, Simba FC and Ulinzi Stars.

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