19 Nov, 14:36
Saturday 18 November could as well go down the memory lane as one of the saddest days for football in Kisumu County.
On the day that Gor Mahia were crowned as new KPL champion in the lake city, events of far-reaching consequences whose impact fans and footballers lovers only wait to see, hit the city.
Stima's KPL sojourn ends
Western Stima's 10-year stint in the Kenya Premier League was put to an end in spite of a 1-0 win over Chemeli Sugar at Chemelil Complex.
The disappointment had barely sunk in when sudden news of dissolution of National Super League outfit, FC Palos filtered through.
The besetting news certainly hit hard to a county that was coming to terms with another fate of Muhoroni Youth.
Whereas Muhoroni Youth losing it KPL status was written on the wall, the news on Palos and Stima will be a bit hard to take.
Stima enjoyed a stellar campaign just the season before to finish sixth place and produced KPL Most valuable player in Kenneth Muguna.
Expectations were raised heading into the new season but the exodus of likes of Muguna, Joash Onyango Gabriel Andika, Dennis Sikhayi among others left the outfit struggling in the first half of the league.
Stima final days in KPL
A change of guard late in the second half could only be sparked a resurgence that was never to be as the Kisumu outfit went down on goal difference despite their league finale win at Chemelil Sugar.
Then came the dissolution of Palos, a budding NSL side that had just two seasons ago joined the NSL from Division One and showing much promise
Cumulatively, two teams adjusting to a new reality of playing in the NSL, amid the eerie uncertainty hanging over Muhoroni Youth remaining afloat.
For Palos, its a complete start as players, staff and people associated with the clubs look elsewhere for a new source of survival.