NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 14 – Wycliffe Kasaya is eying a return to the national football team as he makes a comeback to Kenyan Premier League after penning a two-year deal with Mathare United.
The former AFC Leopards custodian has been training with Mathare for the past one month and has impressed head coach Francis Kimanzi, enough to hand him a contract with the 2008 KPL Champions.
Kasaya, who spent last season at Super League side Nakumatt FC, hopes he can work his way back to top form and hopefully earn selection to the national team.
“For any player, playing in top flight football is always the biggest priority and for me, once my contract at Nakumatt ended, it provided a way forward for me. It’s a great move because Mathare is one of the competitive clubs in the league and it will offer me a big challenge,” Kasaya said.
“The first objective is to make it into the starting team and hopefully help them chase the league title,” the keeper added.
At Mathare, he will be fighting for a starting position with former Kenya under-20 keeper Peter Odhiambo and Robert Mboya although the latter is recuperating from a shoulder injury.
Kasaya, whose experience in the top flight league has seen him turn out for former KPL side Red Berets, Bandari FC, Gor Mahia, Sony Sugar and Leopards, is aware of the stiff competition awaiting him.
“Both Mboya and Peter Odhiambo are good keepers, youthful and with a lot of ambition. I know it will not be a walk-in for me into the starting team. I need to work harder every day and I need to prove that I am worth donning that number one jersey,” Kasaya stated.
Kimanzi believes the capture of Kasaya will strengthen the team as they aim to lift their second league title.
“He is a good keeper, experienced and athletic. For us this is a good capture and it will be vital as we now have more options to pick from,” the tactician said.
Apart from Kasaya, the Slum Boys have signed former Gor and Western Stima finisher Ronald Okoth on a two-year deal.
The Brewers have loaned out two players, reserve goalkeeper Geoffrey Atiel to Super League side Police FC and striker Eric Mata to Ushuru FC.
“As far as the transfer business is concerned, we are not making any more changes to the team. Sometimes it is not wise to pull out many players because you have to be careful not to mess up what you have already built,” Kimanzi told Capital Sport.
Mathare are placed third on the Premier League standings on 27 points, two behind leaders Tusker FC.