Muhoroni Youth have put coach James ‘Odijo’ Omondi in full charge of the team for the remainder of the season following the abrupt decision of Gilbert Selebwa to quit the head coach position he has held for barely two months .
“James Omondi takes over as the head coach,” read a brief post on one of the club’s official social media pages.
The decision will rekindle the on-and-off relationship between Omondi and the club, where he has been since he left KCB almost four years ago. Odijo will have his work cut out as the Got Alila side tries to stave off relegation.
Their latest result was a 2-0 home loss to table leaders Gor Mahia a fortnight ago that left them languishing to the bottom of the SportPesa Premier League table with just 15 points from 17 games.
Considered dark horses last season, this year has been torrid for Muhoroni. A combination of factors including mass departure of key players and lack of proper recruitment have contributed to the team’s dismal performance this season. They are, in fact, flirting with relegation, something unthinkable at the start of the season as they now lie last on the log.
Selebwa while speaking on the KPL official portal cited personal issues as reason for his sudden departure from Muhoroni. “I just stepped down, and it was a personal decision I took after consulting several people including my family. We have parted with Muhoroni quite amicably,” said Selebwa who now takes up the team manager’s job at AFC Leopards.
“The good thing is that no vacuum has been left at the club. Omondi knows the team better than anybody I know of and I know he will help them get out of that bottom position. I did my part and helped sign very good players and I have no doubt Omondi will finish the job by improving the team’s performance,” the former Congo United, Leopards and Shabana coach said.
Selebwa left the club after two months and four games with a record of one win, two losses and a draw.
Meanwhile, after a couple of postponement, the premier league action will resume this weekend with clubs not taking part in the GOtv Shield in action. At the same time, the suspension of two players— Tusker’s Collins Shivachi and Charles Momanyi of Kakamega Homeboyz has been put on hold for at least their next matches, according to a statement from the league managers.
“Following the amendment of the remaining 2017 Premier League season fixtures, please note that Charles Momanyi (Kakamega Homeboyz) and Collins Shivachi (Tusker) will now serve their one-match ban during the Round 22 against Bandari and AFC Leopards respectively, and not the Round 21 matches against Zoo and Kariobangi Sharks as had earlier been informed,” read the statement.