Former AFC Leopards playmaker Charles Okwemba has expressed his delight getting back to the Kenyan Premier League after a five-month sabbatical.

Okwemba moved to Ushuru after leaving Leopards, but did not play in the entire second leg last season owing to differences with the club.

“I just decided to take a short break because there are some things I needed to put in place. Last year I was supposed to make a move but Uhsuru were not ready to let me go and I wasn’t ready to continue playing for them that’s why I took the break, but I kept on training,” the ever green Okwemba said.

He says he decided to join Sofapaka after club president Elly Kalekwa and the coaches talked to him, revealing Kalekwa had been trailing his services over the past three seasons.

He is delighted joining the club and he believes his vast experience will come in handy as Batoto ba Mungu look to make a better imprint of themselves compared to their performance last season.

“It was sad what the club went through last season but this time round, I am confident the performance will be better. There is a wonderful blend of youth and experience and for a football club to succeed, that is the most important thing,” the midfielder noted.

He is among a crop of experienced players raked in by Sofapaka with midfielder Maurice Odipo also returning to the club while Humphrey Okoti has been signed after leaving Bandari.

Sofapaka play their first match of the 2017 season on Sunday against Sony Sugar at the Afraha Stadium and Okwemba hopes they can start with a win to boost their confidence.