Muhoroni hire Ugandan coach Tamale to steady ship

Former Nairobi City Stars FC coach Richard Tamale follows the action against Ulinzi Stars FC ...
Former Nairobi City Stars FC coach Richard Tamale follows the action against Ulinzi Stars FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Nyayo National Stadium on July 16, 2016. Tamale has been hired by KPL side Muhoroni Youth. Photo/Stafford Ondego/

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Muhoroni Youth FC have appointed Ugandan Richard Tamale Pinto as their new Head Coach, replacing John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla who parted ways with the club in the latter stages of their 2016 campaign.

Tamale led relegated Nairobi City Stars through their last four months in the top-flight having been appointed in July but the team nonetheless went down owing to the gripping financial crisis at the side.

Incidentally, Tamale succeeded Ogolla at City Stars when the former Gor Mahia assistant coach moved to Muhoroni during the June mi-season transfer window.

Ogolla’s predecessor at Muhoroni, James ‘Odijo’ Omondi, has been reunited with the club where he will serve as Tamale’s assistant.

“We are happy to have roped Tamale. We believe he is the guy to take us to the next level. We brought back Odijo to help Tamale with the acclimatization and we’re happy to have him back home. We want to thank Tom Juma and Ogolla for the exemplary work they did here.

“They gave us our first major trophy and their output is out there for all to see. We wish them all the best in their next steps,” club Chairman Moses Adagala said.

Tamale who was on a six-month deal with City Stars has been handed a two-year contract by the Awendo-based club where his immediate task will to bring stability back to the dressing room.

In what was a decent season for Muhoroni, the club stunned 15-time KPL winners Gor to clinch the KPL Top 8 title but inconsistency and indiscipline took a toll on them in the latter stages of the league.

They went on to finish 10th and in the process falling off the qualification cut off to defend their title next year.

Along with AFC Leopards, Muhoroni were mocked for their now notorious hiring and firing of coaches at Tuesday’s KPL Footballer of the Year gala but Tamale believes he is the man to steer them to calmer waters.

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