Vihiga United assistant coach Francis Xavier has lauded his charges for 'standing up' when it mattered most after they secured a stay in the Kenyan Premier League.
Vihiga United, the 2017 National Super League champions, were making their debut in the top tier.
Vihiga United finished 12th after securing a vital victory against Nakumatt on the final day of the season; a win that enabled them to stay in the league.
Xavier is happy with the output by the players and is optimistic the new season will even be better.
"This was our first season in the KPL and we made a few mistakes that cost us the points. However, it was a learning experience for us, at least we have known what to expect. The good thing was that the players rose up for the occasion when they were required to do so.
"Now that we already know the demands of the top tier, it will not be business as usual next season."