Lady luck smiled on Vihiga after they clinched the NSL title that came with a maiden promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.
But Manoah, who guided the club top podium last season, has since warned fans that they should not expect carbon copy of the same form or anything close to that, in their maiden year in the top flight.
“Our fans should not expect the same performance like the one we had in NSL last season because this is a completely different level of competition.
“The competition in KPL is very high, not like in the NSL,” Manoah, who received a bit of backlash from a section of fans after Vihiga United surrendered a goal advantage in a 2-1 lose to Mathare United last weekend told Goal.
Vihiga United will take on Kariobangi Sharks who finished third in their KPL debut in 2017 season.
“I know what is ahead of us. I know Sharks play possessive football with very sleek passes but we are ready for them,” warned Manoah whose immediate task will be to instill a sense of self-belief on his players ahead of the Sharks’ tie.
“We worked well in the first half (against Mathare), got a goal but sloppy defending and schoolboy mistakes cost us the win.
“I think my players were suffering from stage freight but we need to work on their confidence and make them believe in themselves.”
Vihiga were promoted alongside Wazito who beat Sony Sugar in the first match.