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Rangers shifts focus to next season

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With five rounds still left in the Sportpesa Premier League 2016 season, Posta Rangers coach Zedekiah Otieno is already thinking of next season.

Otieno, who joined Rangers at the beginning of last season, says he is ready to put the achievements and shortcomings of last season behind him as he focuses on achieving even greater success next season.

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“I think this season is done. We had planned to finish in the top ten positions and unless something drastic happens I think we shall achieve that. As a coach however, I have moved forward. I am thinking about next season and what I need to do in order for the club to perform even better,” he said.

Rangers returned to the top flight just this season after spending three years in the lower tier league, and they set up Sh20 million to aid their success in the highly competitive national league.

They made a number of positive signings in the December-January transfer window including veteran Tusker defender Joackins Atudo,  Gor Mahia striker Timothy Otieno who was signed on loan, former AFC leopards defender Abdallah Juma, midfielder Simon Mbugua (Thika United) and Titus Achesa (Nakuru All Stars).

They had a brilliant start to the season where they occupied the top five league positions throughout, but are currently being dragged down the pecking order by a series of inconsistent performances in the second leg.

Otieno says that top in his ambitions is to tie down striker Timothy Otieno who is on a season long loan from defending champions Gor Mahia.

“He is a very good player and a top scorer in the club despite the fact that he missed numerous matches due to injury. My hope is that the management can offer him a contract so that he can remain with us for the next season. He is very much in my plans for the future,” he said.

The Kenya Postal Corporation sponsored team is currently placed seventh in the log, and has matches against Kakamega Homeboyz, Chemelil Sugar, Sony Sugar, Ushuru and Bandari remaining before the close of the season.

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