By GILBERT WANDERA
After starting well at the beginning of the season, Sony had a rough patch at one point going seven matches without registering a single victory.
In the recent past, the team has turned around collecting four points in two matches played away. Now Otieno insists they are back and ready to take their rightful place.
“The recent results have been very encouraging. When you win away it is very positive and gives the players a lot of motivation,” he said.
The sugar millers held AFC Leopards to a 1-1 tie in Mumias and four days later beat KCB 1-0 in Nairobi.
Interestingly, they face Leopards this weekend at their Gusii Stadium ground and Otieno says they are determined to continue with the good run in the league.
“We respect Leopards but being at home, it gives us an edge over them though this season, home-ground advantage has not mattered at all,” he said.
The former Harambee Stars tactician also believes it is still too early to predict how the league will pan out.
“There are four or five teams who are favourites, but there are still many matches to go at this point. It could go whichever way,” he said.
The coach is also happy with officiating in the league and says there has been a lot of improvement.
“The referees are doing a good job and that is how it should be. Previously we had problems with some of their decisions, but I am glad this has been addressed and by and large it remains satisfactory,” added the coach.
The team has signed former Muhoroni Youth goal poacher Godfrey Simiyu and former Rangers midfielder James Orundu and the coach believes the two players will contribute greatly to their ambitions in the second leg.