Nzoia Sugar coach Godfrey Oduor has highlighted squad challenges in the ongoing 2023/2024 FKF Premier League season.
Nzoia Sugar FC head coach Godfrey 'Solo' Oduor candidly revealed the major obstacles his team has faced as they find themselves at the bottom of the league table during the Christmas break.
With only three wins in 16 matches played, the Sugar Millers have encountered a slew of setbacks in the 2023/2024 Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) season.
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Speaking after his team's recent loss to Mulembe FC in the Elijah Lidonde Cup, Oduor emphasized the pressing concerns within his squad.
"My players need character as there is a problem in the playing unit because we create chances, but we lack that player who can convert them into goals," he revealed.
"Our major undoing this season has been in defending and striking. We have a very lean squad, and injuries have also affected us, but we are going to come out strong," he added.
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Nzoia Sugar's struggles were evident in the Lidonde Cup as they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Kakamega Homeboyz in the semi-finals and a 2-1 loss to Mulembe United in the third-place playoff.
At the beginning of the season, Nzoia faced the daunting task of recruiting numerous new players due to a mass exodus of key figures from their squad.
The departure of notable players like James Mwangi, Humphrey Katasi, Vincent Mahiga, Randy Bakari, Hassan Beja, and Boniface Munyendo severely impacted the team's performance.
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Financial woes have also plagued the Bungoma-based team, with Nzoia relying on sponsorship from the struggling Nzoia Sugar Company Ltd.
As the league entered the Christmas break, Nzoia found themselves rooted at the bottom of the table with just three wins in 16 matches, having drawn nine and conceded 22 goals.