By Bernard Okumu.
Former Kenyan Premier League champions Sofapaka are in talk with three possible financial backers with a possibility of the side inking a deal with one of them by the end of the year, Club president Elly Kalekwa remained optimistic of getting the deal sealed as the club prepares for the 2017 season.
As the club strategizes on re- emerging from one of their most disastrous performances since the club debuted in top flight in 2009 which saw it survive relegation on the last day of the 2016 Sportpesa premier league season, Club President Elly Kalekwa speaks of plans of returning the club to winning ways in 2017 key among them getting the club new kit sponsors.
Kalekwa cites financial strain, massive player exodus and an overcommitted head coach as the main factors behind their dismal performance.
The club has already engaged the services of Ugandan coach Sam Ssimbwa who returns to the club for the second time in 6 years as the head coach on a 2 year deal and will be deputized by former international John Baraza who has been at the helm in interim capacity in the club’s last final league matches.
Ssimbwa who is expected to formally take charge in December is expected to sign at least 7 new players with several set to be released from their contracts as he seeks to build a quality side that will make a credible bid for league titles next year.