NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13- Western Stima head coach Henry Omino says the team is preparing for life without two of its best performers in 2016, midfielder Kenneth ‘Junior’ Muguna and goalkeeper Gabriel Andika as speculation rises over their futures at the club.
Muguna is a January transfer target for 15-time champions Gor Mahia while Andika is said to have already agreed terms with another giant, AFC Leopards.
“We have also heard of the approach of the two and one of the clubs already talked to us about Andika. We know it is something that is very possible because they have performed very well this season. Personally, I would really love to have them next season but you cannot come in between a player and a step ahead,” Omino told Capital Sport.
The 20-year old Muguna has been on form in his debut season in top flight and this has been highlighted by his multiple nominations for the annual Footballer of the Year Awards.
Muguna has been nominated for player of the year, midfielder of the year and young player of the year awards.
Andika has been a long term AFC Leopards target and had openly expressed desire to join the 13-time league champions last season.
“I know we will find replacements without a shadow of a doubt. No one knew them before playing for Stima and that shows that we have the ability to scout other young talents and make them as good. They have served this team well and we can only wish them all the best,” Omino added.
Stima finished the season sixth and Omino believes had they began their campaign as they ended it, things would have been different.
He targets at top three placing next season and he remains optimistic his charges have what it takes to ensure they rise to their highest ever finish in top flight football.
“We had a very good second leg and that is what propelled our season. Everyone in the team worked very hard and our management was also very supportive. I must give it up to the players. They were determined to get the best result out of every match.”
“Next season it is going to be tougher, but our target is to finish within the top three. It would have been easier had I maintained the same squad, but I will still work hard for it. We are a team with ambition and we will give our best to attain our target,” the experienced tactician, nicknamed ‘Zagallo’ added.