Wazito FC Players Led by Captain Dennis Gicheru Lift the NSL Trophy//Photo Courtesy

The return of Wazito FC to the Kenya Premier League has elicited mixed reactions among football fans especially with the way the club has gone all out in the transfer market to snap up some of the best players in the region.

The Badoer Investment’s owned signed has splashed the cash and has so far signed a total of 8 players.

The Club has already signed Derrick Otanga, Joshua Otieno and Kelvin Omondi from Sony Sugar FC, Pistone Mutamba from Sofapaka, Gad Mathews from Kariobangi Sharks, Bernard Ochieng from Vihiga United, Kenya U17 keeper Bixente Otieno and Former Gor Mahia and Rwandese defender Abouba Sibomana.

The Club has also continued to be linked with a number of big names including Burundi International Karim Nizigiyimana.

Former Vihiga United Defender Bernard Ochieng is Among the New Faces At Wazito//Photo Courtsy

With the huge amounts of cash already spent, a number of football fans across social media circles have compared Wazito to England based Fulham FC that got relegated last season despite spending a huge chunk of money on new players like Andre Schurrle and Jean Michael Seri.

Some fans have suggested that Wazito will suffer the same fate as Fulham next season, a suggestion that the club’s midfielder Eric ‘Ero’ Odhiambo has now come out to sensationally refute.

According to Eric, Wazito has drawn important lessons from London based Fulham and as such will not go their way.

From Left, Wazito FC Captain Dennis Gicheru and Midfielder Eric Odhiambo//Photo Courtesy

“Well, Fulham having been promoted to the EPL last season chose to invest more than $100m in new players but ended up relegated at the end of the season. It is this sort of calamity that wafts in the air akin to a bad odor. However, evidence hints that Wazito is drawing important lessons from Fulham’s shambles instead of replicating them,” Said Eric as quoted by the Club’s official website.

The Midfielder has stated that Wazito is the new Manchester City. Well, the club is currently being bank rolled by Ricardo Badoer, a man who has got a great vision for the Club. He has improved how things are run at the Camp-Toyoyo based side and has promised great infrastructural development for the team with plans to build a state of the art stadium and football Academy already in the pipeline. The team also recently got a new bus, the first of it’s kind among the Kenya Premier League teams.

Sh12 million Wazito FC Mercedes Benz//Photo Courtesy

Wazito has been able to attract a number of players to their side with various reports indicating that the KPL newbies have got the interests of their players and staff at heart and as such players feel motivated to work hard and perform better on the pitch.

Wazito FC players can delight in the prospect of evolving to the point at which they can make big money moves abroad.

“Wazito’s immediate attraction is clear for all to see. They are the new ‘Man City’, promising better pay package and top-quality teammates. In this regard, the club has answered doubts on the caliber of players who have signed on the dotted line,” Said Eric.

Wazito FC Owner and President Ricardo Badoer//Photo Courtesy

Eric has also stated that Wazito’s transfer activity has so far been driven by the Club’s ambition. He has revealed that Wazito is out to correct the wrongs that saw their last Premier League campaign end in tatters after the club got relegated to the National Super League.

“Wazito’s transfer activities are fueled not only by ambition but also rectifying earlier wrongs. It is common knowledge that the club’s last stint at SportPesa Premier League in 2018 was wretched all stemming from lack of sponsorship. A year later, the club is back in the top league thanks to Badoer Investments and seeking a permanent residence at the summit of the table,” he said.

Wazito fans remain upbeat heading into the new season with their eyes all set on the Kenya Premier League title.

“While naysayers accuse Wazito of spending silly money, their ardent fans are upbeat about what the future holds. After staring at the abyss a year ago, their club is readying itself for an assault at the status quo as far as the league title is concerned,” Concluded Eric.