Cornered Adagala now says Muhoroni’s fate is in God’s hands


Muhoroni Youth FC chairman Moses Adagala follow action against Thika United FC during their KPL ...
Muhoroni Youth FC chairman Moses Adagala follow action against Thika United FC during their KPL Under 20 Championships at Camp Toyoyo Stadium in Nairobi Kenya on April 19, 2016. Muhoroni Youth FC won 2-1. Photo/Sportpicha.

With relegation appearing inevitable for Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Muhoroni Youth, chairman Moses Adagala has said that only divine intervention can salvage the club from the relegation axe.

With only five matches to go, Muhoroni are the last in the 18-team log with 25 points, four below 17th tucked Thika United and six behind Mathare United and Western Stima who tie at position 15 with 31points.

The Awasi based club has managed only five wins in the 29 outings, drawing 10 and recording 14 losses, underscoring the desperation in Adagala.

“Let’s not speak for now. Let us wait for the appropriate time, those who have already written us off have a right to that opinion, but Muhoroni is in God’s hands,” Adagala told Citizen Digital underscoring the weight of the challenge.

Efforts to have him open up on the in-house challenges that have bedeviled the club came to naught; despite the naked reality that all is not well at the club.

Licensing conundrum

For the record, Muhoroni reached the KPL Top 8 Tournament final in the 2016, piping Gor Mahia 1-0 to take home the crown.

Wycliffe Ochomo (airborne) of Muhoroni Youth FC celebrates scoring against Sofapaka FC during their KPL Top 8 Knockout tournament match at the Nyayo National stadium on May 02, 2016. Muhoroni Youth FC won 3-0. Photo/Oliver Ananda/www.sportpicha.com
*(FILE)Wycliffe Ochomo (airborne) of Muhoroni Youth FC celebrates scoring against Sofapaka FC during their KPL Top 8 Knockout tournament match at the Nyayo National stadium on May 02, 2016. Muhoroni Youth FC won 3-0. Photo/sportpicha

That victory was expected to usher in an aura of belief that would inspire his charges to rise to the big stage and challenge the big boys for honours.

However, unbeknown to many, year 2017 had many upsets in store.

Challenges came thick and fast, the first being the CAF/FIFA Club Licensing  monster that threatened to consume them after failing to meet its requirements.

It took the intervention of the Sports Disputes Tribunal (SDT) to save their skin and guarantee their stay in the top-tier league.

“We thank SDT for confirming our stand that relegation and promotion happens in the field of play, not in a boardroom,” he said back then. “This was unorthodox way of removing us from the league, but we will instead show everyone how worthy we are by winning the title this season.

However, Adagala, despite his bravado, failed to walk the talk as Muhoroni leapt from one calamity to the other; enduring what has arguably been their worst season in the top-division.

The enormity of the challenges has been so weighty so much so that for a man known for his rabble-rousing nature, bravado and tough talk is a consumed man who is now calling on divine intervention if his team is to beat the odds to stay afloat in the top-tier.

But even so, he would perhaps call on the football gods at Got Alila to help the team turn around its fortunes.

The Awasi based side tackle Bandari FC on Wednesday in their next assignment hoping for a win to turn around their dwindling fortunes and, perhaps, victory would ignite the fire in their belly.

Muhoroni Youth FC players celebrate a goal against Sofapaka FC in a match played at the Nyayo National Stadium on May, 2 2016.[Photo/SPORTPICHA.

Meanwhile, champions Gor Mahia will play Western Stima at the  Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on Wednesday and not in Moi Kisumu as earlier scheduled.

Gor requested the change of venue because of the current political situation in the country, to ensure safety of the players.

Stima will be seeking to pull another surprise after falling Sofapaka 3-1, as their fight to escape relegation continues. In other KPL midweek fixtures, Sofapaka will play Mathare United and Nakumatt FC against Zoo Kericho.

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