Let the League start


Published on 06/02/2009

By Gilbert Wandera

A record eight coaches faced the chop last year in what turned out to be one of the most competitive seasons in the Kenyan Premier League.

The coaches were fired mostly due to poor performance as team’s upped their expectations.

KPL referees Isaac Ochieng (centre), Tom Agwanda (right) and Fidelis Wekesa lead out Mathare United and Gor Mahia for a league match at Nyayo National Stadium.

Former international Sammy Omollo was the first coach to be sacked when Gor Mahia terminated his services after a 1-0 loss to Red Berets at City Stadium.

Gor officials and fans were incensed and they announced his sacking on the pitch. His replacement Allan Thigo did not even last two months. His departure paved way for coach James Siang’a, making Gor the club with the highest turn-over of coaches.

At Tusker FC, former national team coach Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee was also shown the door for poor performance.

Mulee left Tusker after helping the club win the regional club championships but failed to replicate the same performance on the local scene where his club lost a record six matches in a row.

mulee replaced

Former international James Nandwa replaced Mulee at Tusker and guided the club to a respectable finish in the league.

Mahakama also parted ways with Mike Amenga at a time when the club was facing relegation.

Shown the door

Even the signing of Leonard Saleh did not help them as they eventually ended up in the lower league.

Saleh rejoined Kenya Commercial Bank as head coach replacing former national team assistant coach Yusuf Chipo who was shown the door.

At Mathare Youth, Gabriel Njoroge was forced to step down as the club was headed to the lower league. The club was eventually relegated.

New comers Western Stima also parted company with Alfred Imonje who was forced to step aside for about two months. He returned briefly to help the club avoid relegation but immediately threw in the towel a few weeks before the league started.

Twahir Muhiddin also threw in the towel after helping Mombasa based Bandari stay in the KPL.

World Hope (now Nairobi City Stars) off-loaded John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla after hiring German Oliver Page.

Red Berets sacked Mwangi Kiragu at the end of the season.

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