Champs Butali Sugar Warriors plan raids to bolster side

Friday, January 10th, 2020 00:00 |
Butali Warriors players celebrate during a recent KHU Premier League match at the City Park Stadium. Photo/PD/ALEX NJUE

Defending men’s champions Butali Sugar Warriors are once again set to make a huge transfer statement by raiding rivals Wazalendo ahead of the 2020 Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) Premier League season set to kick off on February 29.

Warriors have perfected the art of crippling opponents in the recent past with last season’s runners-up set to feel their wrath, as experienced by former winners Kenya Police and Strathmore University, Gladiators.

Assistant coach Godfrey Wakachunga is set to replace head coach Dennis Owoka who stepped down towards the end of last month.

The incoming coach is said to be eyeing up to five players from Wazalendo alone.

Among those likely to join the Kakamega-based team are Kenyan international forward Dunston Baraza who has had a revelation of a season since joining the club from Multimedia University at the start of last season. 

Others are defenders John Rioba and Ken Munialo as well  as striker Richard Njuki and midfielder Joseph Kasua.

Besides Wazalendo,  Greensharks have not been spared either with another Kenyan international midfielder Clayson Luvanda set to join the four time Kenyan champions at the start of the new season.

Warriors are said to be the busiest side during the transfer season that was opened on December 23 and will run until January 19.

 Last season Warriors raided Kenya Police their two key forwards in Amos Barkibir and Calvin ‘Kanu’ Otieno.

Barkibir and Kanu were among the five players Warriors signed at the start of last season, key inclusions that saw them write history by winning the league undefeated.

Other new signings were, Moses Ademba, midfielder Francis Kariuki from Strathmore and defender Arif Shah.

Meanwhile, Wakachunga, who just like Owoka was appointed in 2017 following the death of former coach Cliffe Okello, says he is ready to lead the 2014, 2017, 2018 and 2019 winners to seek more glory.

‘I cannot maker the decision on whether I will be the head coach, but given the opportunity, I want to continue to guide the club in the right path,” said Wakachunga.

 ‘As an individual, I have been working under Owoka for two seasons now and I know my way around now. My primary target is defending the tittle with this amazing group of players,” he asserted.

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