NZOIA, Kenya – Having cemented their place in the top flight after returning to the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) for the first time in a dozen years, Nzoia Sugar FC are aiming for a high finish in the second half of the competition.
Head coach Bernard Mwalala said they had taken stock of their performance as the league approaches its half way mark believing they can do better than their 12th placing.
Mwalala, who guided the team to promotion by winning the 2016 National Super League (NSL) outlined their ambitions.
“The first leg has been tough but we have performed fairly well and managed to stay within safety by sheer hard work and determination.
“Next year we shall be playing in a different league, a much-tougher league, but we are well prepared for any challenges,” he added.
Nzoia played in a parallel premier league run by Football Kenya Federation in 2015 before it was downgraded to the second-tier and renamed NSL last year.
The sugar millers won the title in 2003 but the then governing body Kenya Football Federation revoked title after the team joined the rebel Kenya National Football League in September 2003.
Ulinzi Stars FC won a play-off for the vacant title against the defunct Coast Stars FC in November 2003.