Sofapaka eye new training ground
Former Kenyan Premier League (now Tusker Premier League) champions Sofapaka FC have for a long time been holding their training sessions at Eastleigh High School.
Even though the grounds have been serving them well, newly-hired head coach Stewart Hall says the playing surface is not in a good state and that they might need to find a new venue in the 2013 season.
“For a team that plays in country’s top tier, the state of the training grounds does not befit us. It is very hard for us to train effectively on ground passes because of the current state of the surface,” said Hall.
“In addition, there is the ever increasing risk of our players getting injured during training.”
Hall also said that the positioning of the grounds in a busy area is not ideal.
“Getting to the venue is a challenge in itself because one has to deal with the compounding traffic jam,” he said.
On the alternatives, Hall mentioned Upper Hill School as among three grounds they are evaluating.
“We honestly cannot continue playing in Eastleigh and at the moment we have the Upper Hill School, a pitch in Parklands and another in Gigiri to make a choice from.
“We plan to relocate at the beginning of the next season.”
With three matches to go, Sofapaka, league champions in 2009, are currently ranked fourth in the standings. They have 44 points and the highest position they can finish the campaign at is third.