Upclose: Oilers’ Timothy Okwemba describes maiden Kenya Cup experience

Kenya U20 international and Menengai Oilers utility back Timothy Okwemba has described his maiden Kenya Cup experience as “a dream come true”, in his first season with the Nakuru based side.

Roped in from Championship side Masinde Muliro University Of Science and Technology (MMUST) at the start of the season, Okwemba has established himself as a key figure in Gibu’s hunt for a maiden playoff spot, in this season’s campaign.

Often deployed as an openside winger, Okwemba, who has also featured as a fullback and a centre for the Gibu-led side, says working with an experienced squad has helped in polishing his career while speaking to the Scrummage.

“I’ll always remember my first Kenya Cup match. At first, things seemed tough. Playing in the Kenya Cup requires a lot of hard work and commitment because you are going against experienced international players. Now I find it a bit easy because of the experience gained over the matches I have played,” he recounts.

The young speedster who started his rugby journey at Kakamega High School describes his head coach Gibson Weru as “a fantastic coach” and relishes working under him.

“Coach (Gibson) Weru is a fantastic coach who is hardworking and committed in his work. He always motivates us, the young players, and whenever one has done a mistake, he always corrects in a good way. He has greatly helped me skilfully and that has helped in my career. It’s great working under him,” he says.

With Kenya Cup entering its last stretch, Okwemba’s target remains to help his side in the heated battle of securing a playoff spot.

“My focus right now is helping the team finish in a top position in the remaining fixtures. I believe we can make it,” he says.

Okwemba is set to be back in action on Saturday as they face Kabras in the Enterprise Cup.

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