Mathew Kibiwott is the only youth team player to feature in the top flight this season as compared to last season when Geoffrey Onyango and Isaac Wasambo who were later on absorbed into the senior team featured in the said status.

The gradual transition

“It’s been an amazing feeling so as it is a big step in my career having been used to a starting role back at the junior team sitting at the bench in the Premier League which is a couple of steps higher came with a different kind of anxiety”

Mathew Kibiwott dribbles the ball to initiate an attack in a past Youth team league match at Kariobangi North grounds.

His baby steps so far

The diminutive attacking midfielder has been named on the bench thrice this season, His first was as an unused substitute in a 0-1 loss to Kakamega Homeboyz then He made His first 2021/22 Premier League appearance in the 0-1 win against Kenya Police albeit being introduced in the added time and then replaced Reagan Odede in the 58th minute versus Nzoia Sugar FC, his second appearance which ended up to a 0-1 loss.

Mathew Kibiwott gets ready to come on against Kenya Police FC as Head coach William Muluya watches on at Nyayo Stadium.

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“The journey has had its fair share of ups and downs with bits of pressure having already tasted premier league action last season and beginning the season with the juniors having seen Wasambo and Onyi promoted to the senior team made me work twice as hard as I used to.

Mathew walks onto the bench in a past league match.

The intensity is very high so are the expectations since everything you work on in training is expected to be applied in the game”

Improvements from last season

“Since being brought on and then pulled out after several minutes in the final league game against Sofapaka last season, I learnt that you cannot always be in action since it’s the top league there are moments which you have to understand.

Mathew Kibiwott evades a tackle from a Sofapaka defender in the last league match of the 2020/21 season

I feel I have added a lot as a player since my major undoing was recklessness and impatience.I can now regulate my energy and know how to manage myself as to know instances when to run or keep the ball so as it is when to release or press an opponent”

Optimism and patience

“Going forward, if given a chance, I would like to help the team achieve a higher finish on the table than last season by scoring but much emphasis will be put in creating chances since I am always perched at the fulcrum to attack and hopefully I will also follow in the footsteps of Wasambo and Onyi”

Mathew sits on the bench in a Sharks versus Nzoia Sugar FC league match at Thika Stadium.

Thoughts on the team’s hitherto efforts

“The team is training well and we’re putting a lot of work and I’m confident that if we will take every game as it is step by step then there will be lots of positives from the side.”

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