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Muhoroni Youth sack head coach over ‘indiscipline’

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Muhoroni Youth head coach James 'Odijo' Omondi in a past SPL match.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

Muhoroni Youth head coach James ‘Odijo’ Omondi in a past SPL match.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya

MUHORONI, Kenya May 23 – James ‘Odijo’ Omondi has been sacked as the Muhoroni Youth FC head coach due to what club chairman Moses Adagala termed as indiscipline.

The youthful former KCB and Agro Chemical tactician was relieved off his duties a few hours after the club lost 2-1 away to Kakamega Homeboyz and less than six months after taking over from Paul Nkata who left to join 10-time champions Tusker FC.

Omondi’s assistant, former Kenyan international Tom Juma will now take over the role albeit on interim basis as the team looks for a permanent replacement.

“There are some decisions that as the head of a team you have to take to safeguard the interests of the team and I had to take this one.

The coach has been very indisciplined and as a team we have morals which we have to keep to,” Adagala told Capital Sport.

“We are a youthful team and we did not feel that the coach was setting a good example to the young players. We cannot allow that and with immediate effect made the decision to terminate his services. The assistant coach will handle the team in the last game of the first leg before we find a replacement,” Omondi added.

Sources close to Capital Sport intimate the coach is accused of allegedly fielding players on friendship basis with the latest being the weekend match in Mumias against Homeboyz.

Allegedly, the chairman Moses Adagala was displeased with the benching of goalkeeper Farouk Shikhalo who is a usual starter at the expense of Martin Elung’at. The chairman is said to have forced Elung’at to be substituted at half time and that grew the rift between them.

Efforts to reach Omondi for comments on the same were futile as his phone went unanswered.

The coach had managed to see Muhoroni maintain the performance they had last season and the club is currently placed sixth on the standings with 20 points, eight behind leaders Tusker FC.

Muhoroni had hired former Sony Sugar coach Leonard Odipo less than three weeks ago as the technical director but he is set to report to work beginning June.

“He will still come in as the technical director because we have settled on someone who will replace Omondi beginning the second leg,” Adagala said.

Muhoroni will play Chemelil Sugar at home in their final game of the first leg on Thursday.

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