Maina could abandon sinking Muhoroni ship

By alex wafula
Oct 16, 2017
  • Muhoroni Youth’s Faina Jacobs attempts to wheel away from Tusker FC’s Lloyd Wahome. (Photo Courtesy)

Barely three matches into his tenure as the new Muhoroni Youth coach, George Maina is contemplating abandoning the struggling side.

Muhoroni Youth slumped deeper into relegation after losing 4-0 to Tusker FC on Sunday and Maina says he is considering his position as coach.

This, he said has been occasioned by the club management’s failure to attend to their financial status, something he says has seen his players abscond training over unpaid dues.

“Four players from the team that beat Nakumatt were not in the squad because of the financial situation and it is that way in every game. There is no consistency in the team and even in training I only have about 12 players on average. It is hard to prepare a team,” Maina said after his side’s loss to Tusker at Ruaraka.

He adds; “This will be my last game because I have tried to speak with the management to motivate the players and keep them fighting for the team but there is little success. I don’t see myself going too far with the team under these circumstances.”

The loss against Tusker FC saw them move nine points away from safety with six matches left. If they lose their next three games, then their fate will be sealed and will play in the National Super League next season.

The sugar-belt side host Zoo Kericho on Wednesday in Muhoroni but with the coach’s quit threat and the huge financial lockdown at the club, survival seems like a far-fetched dream.

Three vital points

Meanwhile, Tusker kept their hope of finishing within the top three with an assured performance and three vital points which took them to sixth on the standings, just two points shy of third place.

Mike Khamati struck a brace with Humphrey Mieno and substitute Allan Wanga adding a goal each.

Khamati broke the deadlock in the 10th minute when he muscled out Faina Jacobs after being picked up by a Jackson Macharia pass before shooting low past Muhoroni keeper Sowedi Salim.

The visitors momentarily enjoyed possession, but the experienced Tusker shot stopper Dunacn Ochieng stood between them and an equalizer.

On the half hour mark, Ambrose Ayoyi found some shooting space at the edge of the box before having a go at goal, but Ochieng at full stretch pushed the ball away.

Two minutes later, Jassan Kikoyo made another attempt at goal but Ochieng produced another top drawer save to keep his side in the lead.

Muhoroni’s surge for an equalizer suffered a massive blow five minutes to the break when Jacobs handled Mieno’s shot inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot.

Mieno sent the keeper the wrong way, doubling his side’s tally.

Khamati completed his brace

Four minutes into the second half, Muhoroni Youth were three goals down when Khamati completed his brace.

Mieno turned from scorer to provider, floating in a decent freekick from the left for Khamati to bang home with a header. The forward picked up an injury and was replaced by Allan Wanga.

Tusker then made a second subbstitution, bringing out Noah Wafula for Boniface Muchiri. The two substitutes combined for Tusker’s fourth goal, Wanga heading in from a Muchiri cross in the 70th minute to drive the final nail on Muhoroni’s coffin.

Elsewhere, Nakumatt could have escaped the axe after beating Kakamega Homeboyz 2-1 in Mumias with Kepha Aswani’s double sending them to 11th on the log.

The two goals saw Aswani move to the top of the goal scorers’ chart with 12 goals, one ahead of Umaru Kassumba and Stephen Waruru.

In Kisumu, Western Stima and Thika United stuck at 16th and 17th after they drew 1-1 at the Moi Stadium.

In Awendo, Nzoia United and SoNy Sugar played drew 2-2 draw.

KPL weekend results

Saturday: AFC Leopards 0 Posta Rangers 2 (Narok Stadium), Bandari 1 Sofapaka 2 (Mbaraki Complex, Mombasa), Kariobangi Sharks 2 Chemelil Sugar 2 (Kasarani Stadium), Mathare United 1 Gor Mahia 0 (Thika Stadium), Zoo Kericho 0 Ulinzi Stars 0 (Kericho Green Stadium).

Sunday: Kakamega Homeboyz 1 Nakumatt 2 (Mumias Complex), SoNy Sugar 2 Nzoia Sugar 2 (Awendo), Tusker FC 4 Muhoroni Youth 0 (Ruaraka), Western Stima 1 Thika United 1 (Moi Stadium, Kisumu).