South Coast Pirates winning record at this stage of the Championship stands at two wins from five matches played so far and while such statistics may not be pleasing to the eye or make for good reading, one Charles Okwemba ought to be excused if he at all draws delight from the way the new season has unfolded.
Owing to the unavailability of club captain Derrick Mambili for a number of matches due to work commitments, Okwemba is often called upon to lead the club and has done an exemplary job so far.
The forward led South Coast Pirates to both of its two wins; the recent 10-0 victory over JKUAT as well as the 31-24 win against Catholic Monks in December last year, enabling his track record as skipper remain to remain unblemished heading to this Saturday’s second leg tie against Mean Machine
‘’I normally tell them to keep calm and play the game. For me it’s just trying to make them express themselves so that we can work well.’’ said Okwemba when quizzed about his messages to the team prior to kick off in the matches which he has led Pirates to victory.
The team is looking to back up its win over JKUAT when Machine arrive in Ukunda for matchday seven. In a match that wraps up the month of January, looking ahead to the knockout stages is as important and despite the size of the challenge that is posed to be set by the second placed Machine, Okwemba is adamant the goal of winning all home matches this season has to be realised regardless of whom the opponents are.
‘’Against Machine, the boys have to win not only for our fans but because our playoff hopes are still alive. Also because you lose and find yourself in the relegation zone. We don’t want that happen.’’ he said