After grabbing his first topflight golden boot in the just concluded Kenyan Premier League season, Tusker FC captain, Jesse Were, has his eyes set on team awards.
The 24-year-old won the 2015 topscorer’s award after finding the back of the opposition net 22 times, which is more than double what he managed last season, 9. Gor Mahia’s Michael Olunga was second, three goals behind but was perhaps more happier having collected a league winners medal as well.
Were says he expected a better season with the 10-time champions, third last season, but a not so convincing start to the 2015 campaign paid put to their chances.
“We definitely did not do well because our start was poor,” he told FourFourTwoMedia.com
“We lost so many points at home and on the road and this really affected us going forward.
“There are matches that we never deserved to lose but those are lessons we’ve carried and will help us moving forward.”
Tusker were 11th on matchday 11 but by the end of the first half of the season, they had dropped to 7th and never recovered until the 3-1 victory over AFC Leopards in the final day eventually saw them finish fifth. Were grabbed a brace in that match.
The forward, serving a two-month ban from the national team, says that the current squad is capable of mounting a serious challenge for the league title and other major trophies next season if they stick together.
“We have a very talented squad and I believe that if we prepare well, we will be going for good things next season.”
Meanwhile Were says he is unsure of his future at Tusker after the close of the season. Earlier in the season, he left for unsuccessful trials at Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Bidvest Wits and he still has ambitions of trying his luck abroad.
“My contract runs out in December and I will sit with the management to see if we will renew it,” he said.
He has however not ruled out staying at the club he captains.
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