African Sports: Emeka, Akinyemi, vow to fight for place in KPL

BY LUIS NDEDE

InformAfrica Sports – Nigeria duo of Joseph Emeka and Abbas Akinyemi  have made it clear on their desire to remain in the Kenya premier league.

Joseph Emeka Nigerian striker

Joseph Emeka Nigerian striker.

The two strikers who had explosive introduction into Kenyan football three years ago scoring at will for their clubs then Tusker and Sofapaka are currently free agents.

Emeka, an indispensable striker at the double KPL champions Tusker two  years ago until he lost his form and was  then  sent packing by coach Robert Matano insisted that eh still had what it takes to  play in the top flight  league.

“I have the talent and the desire to do well. I am open to move to any team that will give me  the  opportunity to show my ability. I am working hard so that I will be ready when   called upon” said Emeka who at the height of his talent   was the second  best scorer in the league behind only John Baraza.

“Talent cannot jus disappear overnight. My form might have gone down a little bit but with the right  team  and with more opportunities to play I can still reach my peak” added the Nigerian hit man Lanky Akinyemi too has not been lucky ever   since he was introduced into Kenyan football  while playing for Sofapaka. He has rarely settled and has had stints with AFC Leopards, rangers and Nationwide side Nakuru All Stars.

Big Nigerian striker Abbas Akinyemi

Big Nigerian striker Abbas Akinyemi

The tall forward revealed that he still has a lot to prove to his detractors “I can still play at the highest level. I have played for some of the best teams in the country and proven myself. Injuries have  pushed me back for the last few months but now I am fully fit and  am looking to join a new club before th beginning of the season” said Akinyemi, whom also advised players to have a strong union that will be able to fight for their rights  when they  have any problems with clubs.

He said that was the only way the sanctity of contracts that players sign can be held up.

The Kenyan Premier League (also known as the Tusker Premier League for sponsorship reasons and the FKF Premier League) is the top level in the Kenyan football league system. It was formed in 1963 under the Kenya Football Federation but is now controlled by the Football Kenya Federation.

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