Muhoroni sack coach over ‘indiscipline’, Juma takes over

By alex wafula
May 23, 2016
  • James Odijo Omondi was fired as Muhoroni coach on Monday.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

  • Nairobi City Stars players at a past KPL game. The team is struggling financially.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

Sugar belt side Muhoroni Youth have fired head coach James Odijo Omondi, hours after the side suffered a 2-1 loss to Kakamega Homeboyz in Mumias.

Omondi took over fully at the club in January after the departure of Paul Nkata to Tusker FC. Previously, he had deputized the Ugandan as Muhoroni managed to finish within the top eight after a disastrous start to the season.

Moses Adagala, the Muhoroni chairman said they had taken the decision due to what he terms as indiscipline. Probed further, Adagala refused to divulge details as to what exactly the coach did to warrant the sack.

However, sources within the club say the pair fell out due to the coach’s fielding decisions.

It is alleged that Adagala was incensed that first choice keeper Farouk Shikhalo was benched against Homeboyz at the expense of second choice Martin Elung’at, with the chairman forcing a change at half time.

“We have sacked him because of his indiscipline. We are a youthful team and the example he was setting to the players was not one we liked. Sometimes, we have to make tough decisions,” Adagala told Sports News Arena. Efforts to reach Omondi to get his version of the story were futile,

“I am in a meeting with the office and thereafter, I will explain everything, he promised but his phone has since gone unanswered.

The tactician had managed to maintain the same tempo Muhoroni finished the league with last season.

The club is currently sixth on the SportPesa-sponsored Kenyan Premier League standings with 20 points, eight behind leaders Tusker.

Omondi has twice been nominated for the coach of the month award only failing to clinch the trophy in the final hurdle.

The sacking of the coach raises eyebrows as Muhoroni had only two weeks ago announced former Sony Sugar coach Leonard Odipo as technical director.

Adagala though says Odipo who is set to report to his new role next month will not be acting as coach.

“As at now, Tom Juma will take over on interim basis. We have already identified someone who will take over at the team. Odipo will remain as Technical director,” the chairman explained.

Gloom at City Stars 

John Bobby Ogolla, the Nairobi City Stars coach fears the club might lose players in the June transfer window due to their financial status.

Last week Peter Jabuya, the club chairman said he might be forced to disband the team if no meaningful help is forthcoming as he can no longer run the club single handedly.

City Stars are languishing in the relegation zone having picked up only 10 points in 14 matches.

“It is very difficult to hold on to a player now. If a club comes with a good offer, they have no choice. That is one challenge we have.

We also cannot attract any top players due to our status. But I believe if we remain intact, we can be able to avoid relegation,” the experienced former Kenyan international told Sports News Arena after the club’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Posta Rangers on Sunday.

Among players who are being eyed by other clubs include midfielders Peter Musiime and Yussuf Suf who have been some of the best performers at the club.

Harambee Stars report to camp

national football team Harambee Stars reported to camp on Monday morning ahead of two international friendly matches this weekend.

Stanley Okumbi, the national team coach called up eight more players for the Friday friendly with Sudan due to commitment of some players who play league matches on Thursday.

Those called up are Ian Otieno (Posta Rangers), Edwin Mukolwe (AFC Leopards), Peter Nzuki (Nakumatt) Tirus Omondi (KCB), Amos Kigandi (Vihiga United), Nicholas Kipkirui (Zoo Kericho), Eston Esiye (Western Stima) and Joseph Owiti (Chemelil).

Harambee Stars face Sudan on Friday evening at Kasarani, the game being curtain raised by a match between both countries’ under-20 teams.

On Sunday, Kenya plays Tanzania in a FIFA friendly match and Okumbi is expected to field a full strength team which will include foreign based players.