Western Stima coach Henry Omino has demanded more from his team after they picked up their first win of the season on Sunday, a 2-1 result over 15-time champions Gor Mahia.
Omino, who led Stima to a sixth placed finish last season, has underscored he wants them to finish higher this year despite the fact he has had to build a new team after most regulars left.
“Winning against an opponent such as Gor Mahia is a really huge morale booster. But that is not the end of things. That is just like a kick start for us to get into the season proper. We had a good performance though we can do better and I want us to give more as the season progresses,” Omino said.
Stima started the season poorly, losing 3-1 at home to Sofapaka in a performance to forget which got Omino fuming. He still holds the team has to improve their scoring and adds it is one area they will put more emphasis on.
“We create chances, lose them then we end up being punished. It is very painful to lose in such a way and I have told my players we can’t afford to do that,” Omino confidently stated.
Stima lost several of their key players from last season with Kenneth Muguna, the 2016 KPL Most Valuable player and Joash Onyango moving to Gor while keeper Gabriel Andika and right back Dennis Sikhayi all joined AFC Leopards.
But Omino is confident he has a good enough squad.
“They were important players yes, but life does not stop because they went. We have a huge squad and a good one. So far I can confidently state that we won’t struggle because they have risen to the occasion,” the experienced coach offered.