Mururi to steer Home Boyz in top tier football

Thursday January 7 2016

Former Chemelil Sugar FC coach Mike Mururi celebrates his goal against Karuturi Sports during their Kenyan Premier League action at the Karuturi Complex on March 16 2011. He has been appointed  Kakamega home Boyz tactician. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Former Chemelil Sugar FC coach Mike Mururi celebrates his goal against Karuturi Sports during their Kenyan Premier League action at the Karuturi Complex on March 16 2011. He has been appointed Kakamega Home Boyz tactician. PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Former Kenya international midfielder Mike Mururi has been appointed Kakamega Homeboyz coach.

Mururi, who was fired from SportPesa Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Chemelil Sugar in August following the club's dismal performance, has been handed a one-year contract.

Mururi, the 2014 KPL Coach of the Year, replaces Leonard Saleh.

Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula on Wednesday said Mururi’s appointment was based on his experience in the KPL.

“Many coaches were interviewed but Mururi emerged the best considering his experience and credentials in football matters,” Shimanyula said.

Kakamega Homeboyz, who are currently training at Bukhungu Stadium, finished in second in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) behind Posta Rangers.

CASE PENDING

However, the promotion of the two teams to the KPL has been challenged by FKFPL clubs.

The case is pending at Kenya’s Sports Dispute Tribunal.

Homeboyz and Rangers have been included in the provisional 2016 SportPesa Premier League fixtures released last week by the competition body.
Sacked last stages

Saleh, who was sacked at Homeboyz towards the end of last KPL season following a string of league losses, was replaced by former Bidco United Technical Director Alfred Imonje in an acting capacity.

Kakamega Homeboyz have recruited former AFC Leopards and Nakumatt midfielder Martin Imbalambala and former Kenya Commercial Bank midfielder Andrew Kulecho as they prepare for top flight football.

The Kakamega County-based side, who are making a return to the top flight league, will open their 2016 season against Posta Rangers at Bukhungu Stadium on February 13.