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Western Stima Chairman Laban Jobita has rubbished reports that the Kenyan Premier League outfit is bracing up for a name change that would see it assume the name Keroka FC.
In a phone interview with TV47 Sports Desk, Jobita labeled the claims baseless.
“That is fake news,” he debunked the claims.
He added: “I have allowed everybody. I am calling people to come and support me in this Western Stima. I am even calling sponsors to come and help me revive Western Stima because I have lost a main sponsor. I have called Kisumu people to come up and support me here so that we maintain this team, nobody is coming.”
The club chairman, however, admitted to having been in contact with some sponsorship camp from Keroka, Kisii County which has since given rise to the rumours.
“Well, there are some guys from Kisii that are showing interest in coming to work from me. So even if Keroka guys come, what is the problem with that? I am telling everybody to come so that we make sure Stima survives in the Premier League,” he offered to Yours Truly.
Jobita remains adamant of an immediate change of name clinging on the hope that Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) will rescind their decision.
“Reports have it that our former sponsors are contemplating making a comeback and we want to maintain our structures and name to make it easier for them. We are hopeful they will come back and help us continue growing,” says Jobita.
Following the loss of KPLC sponsorship, the club has seen a massive player exodus to Premier League rivals among them teenage sensation Benson Omalla, defenders Kelvin Wesonga, and Kennedy Owino, custodian Samuel Njau and midfielder Sydney Ochieng who have all penned deals with champions Gor Mahia.
Goalkeeper Steven Odhiambo, defender Maurice Ojwang’ and midfielders Edwin Clifford ‘Euro’ Omondi and Fidel Origa have been snapped up by the league’s rich kids Wazito.