Omino picks third coach of the month award

By alex wafula
Sep 29, 2017
  • Henry Omino who was elevated to the position of Western Stima Technical Director has won the award thrice. (Photo Courtesy)

Despite being re-deployed at Western Stima, coach Henry Omino was named June/July coach of the month.

This is the third time that the experienced tactician has won the award. Omino, 66,  was elevated to the position of Technical Director when Richard Makumbi, a Ugandan was hired as coach.

“This award is not my own but the players who put in plenty of hard work to see the club obtain seven points. We were low but they kept their discipline and ensured we had a good run,” Omino remarked after leading the club a joint highest points haul over the months.

Stima beat Tusker and AFC Leopards by solitary goals; snatched a point away to Bandari following a scoreless draw with their single loss at the hands of minnows Muhoroni Youth.

Omino beat Bandari’s Paul Nkata who also led his side to winning seven points in that same month.

The vote was decided by the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya (SJAK) football committee.

Nkata led Bandari to victories over Tusker and SoNy Sugar, drew with Western Stima and lost to AFC Leopards.

Lots cast for the duo saw Omino win with a landslide over Nkata.

He becomes the third recipient of the gong this year. Posta Rangers’ Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omolo and George ‘Best’ Nsimbe of Tusker respectively won the April and May gongs while former Gor Mahia tactician Jose Marcelo Ferreira picked the first award in March.

Recipients of the gong take home a cash prize of Sh. 75,000 courtesy Fidelity Insurance in addition to the personalized trophy.

Meanwhile, Omino says he will work closely with the newly appointed coach to ensure the powermen retain the Premier League status next season.

Omollo banned for three matches

At the same time Posta Rangers boss Sammy Omollo has been banned for three matches after a scuffle with his Sofapaka counterpart Sam Ssimbwa in Narok.

Omollo allegedly punched the Ugandan after their 1-1 draw. Additionally, Omollo will also serve a three-match suspended sentence if found to have engaged in a similar offense in future.

Also, Gor Mahia has been fined Sh. 200,000 for failing to control their fans in a 2-2 draw against Ulinzi Stars in Kisumu. K’Ogalo fans threw projectiles onto the pitch following Stephen Waruru’s late equalizer for Ulinzi, causing a long stoppage.

However, Waruru who had been accused of making an obscene gesture at Gor Mahia fans has been acquitted owing to lack of evidence.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia will keep their chase for a record 16th Premier League title when they face Bandari at Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.

K’Ogalo has not lost a match since the arrival of Briton Dylan Kerr and their eight point gap at the top guarantees them one hand on the coveted trophy.

Kerr is not comfortable despite the healthy lead and has urged his players to keep their composure and winning mentality.

Gor Mahia are awaiting a decision by the Appeals Court over the High Court’s decision to reduce the number of top tier teams to 16. They were docked nine points after the two teams were axed from the league.

“Hopefully that does not distract us but we keep fighting and winning our games. That’s the only way to stay safe,” the tactician said.

Gor Mahia will come up against a Bandari side that has lost four successive matches. It was Bandari who eliminated them from the GOtv Shield on post-match penalties.

Kakamega Homeboyz v Ulinzi

While Gor Mahia have a tricky fixture, distant title challengers Ulinzi Stars and Kakamega Homeboyz will battle it at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru to keep the pressure.

Homeboyz inflicted a painful 1-0 loss to Ulinzi in the first leg. Coach Benjamin Nyangweso would not like to see a repeat.

“We will not give up until the final day of the season. We will keep fighting and trying to get as many points as possible. We know Homeboyz very well and they were quite lucky to win in the first leg,” Nyangweso said. 

Homeboyz are second on the log with 40 points tafter playing 24 matches while Ulinzi are second with 38 points, having played 22 matches.

Mike Mururi’s Homeboyz have won three of their last five matches with the other two being draws. 

Fourth-placed Sofapaka will be at home to AFC Leopards in Narok.

Despite their loss to the league leaders in midweek, assistant coach John Baraza is upbeat they will bounce back.

They come up against an AFC Leopards side that is blowing hot and cold.

Ingwe who are 12th on the standings with 25 points have won only once in their last five league assignments and their coach Robert Matano hopes for a better outing.

“We cannot play the way we played against Mathare and expect to win. We have to improve and attack more. We have had a tough week because most of my players are injured but I hope we can have a few back,” Matano said.

Among those expected to return to the team include defender Mike Kibwage and midfielder Duncan Otieno.

Batoto ba Mungu won the first leg by a single goal. 

KPL Weekend fixtures (Kick off 3 p.m. unless stated)

Saturday: Gor Mahia v Bandari (Moi Stadium, Kisumu), Nzoia Sugar v Western Stima (Sudi Stadium, Bungoma).

Sunday: Posta Rangers v SoNy Sugar (2 p.m.), Thika United v Kariobangi Sharks (4 p.m.- Thika Sub-County Stadium), Chemelil Sugar v Mathare United (Chemelil), Sofapaka v AFC Leopards (Narok Stadium), Ulinzi Stars v Kariobangi Sharks (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).