Sofapaka Keeper to stay longer

The 2009 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Sofapaka are assured of having goalkeeper George Opiyo for the 2018 campaign, should they need to extend his contract.

The keeper is headed towards the end of his one year deal, entered with the club at the start of the year as he rejoined the team for his second stint and he says if he will still be in head coach Sam Ssimbwa’s plans he will be happy to play ball.

A leader in the team, Opiyo has had limited play time this season, with the Ugandan international Mathias Kigonya keeping watch between the sticks more matches than him, but the keeper believes even as a squad player he has had an impact in the team’s rise after surviving relegation in 2016.

“Sofapaka is like home to me; my second home. Even as my contract heads to expiry, I have not considered leaving. If the club still needs my services I can confirm I will be here,” he said.

Should an agreement fail to materialize, the keeper says he still has years to perform at the top and will be open to new offers elsewhere.

“Of course if I do not renew (contract) I will have to look elsewhere. I am open to a fresh offer and a new experience if it comes to that,” he added.

In the recent years, Opiyo has featured for Tusker and KCB. At Sofapaka in the season, he has been ahead of youngster Reuben Juma in coach Ssimbwa’s pecking order.