Kenya Premier League (KPL) teams have taken advantage of the lack of shirt sponsorship at Western Stima to raid their players, a move that risks their competitiveness.
Their main sponsors, Kenya Power and Lightning Company (KPLC) terminated its contract with their teams; Nairobi Stima, Coast Stima and Western Stima, leaving the teams on the brink of being dissolved. Western Stima plays in the KPL while Coast and Nairobi Stima play in the second-tier league, National Super League (NSL).
Wazito FC has signed goalkeeper Stephen Odhiambo, defender Maurice Ojuang and midfielders Fidel Origa and Clifford Omondi.
Gor Mahia has signed goalkeeper Samuel Njau, midfielder Sydney Ochieng and striker Benson Omalla.
KCB have signed striker Henry Onyango.
Posta Rangers completed the signature of defender Salim Odeka.
Sad to see my former club Western Stima FC struggle to hold on to its players after their long time shirt sponsor exit 😕 A club that built my career & helped me strike a healthy balance btwn football & education & offered me internship opportunity at KPLC before my graduation.
— Ronald Okoth (@RonaldOkoth__) August 25, 2020
Player exodus is being witnessed at Kenyan Premier League side Western Stima as the tough financial climate makes life unbearable at the club.
— Geoffrey Mwamburi (@bekimwamburi) August 28, 2020
Wameuza Western Stima FC yoteee. If you recall that both Sony Sugar FC and Chemelil Sugar FC were relegated, football in Luo Nyanza imekwisha msee 😥
— Ombogo (@alfndiomimi) August 27, 2020
To cap the raid at Western Stima is Wazito who signed their coach, Salim Babu as Fred Ambani’s assistant.