Bungoma based Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Nzoia Sugar is still coming to terms with the reality that head coach Nicholas Muyoti will be switching work places, as he crosses over to the neighboring Kakamega County, where he is set to take over at Kakamega Homeboyz.
The former Kenyan international was appointed at Nzoia late last season after leaving Thika United but just months later, he has been confirmed at Homeboyz on a one year deal.
This being a transitional season, leaving just when midseason is approaching will disorient plans at the club, says chairman Ngisa Mokua, even as he admits the club is confident of getting a capable replacement.
“It is definitely a big loss, because, see, we had plans and some of them had to be implemented during the midseason transfer window. It is not a very good time to lose the head of your technical bench but we will get an equally good coach to replace him,” he told Soka.
In the short stint with the Bungoma based side, Muyoti has had a big impact. He guided the team towards survival last season, having picked a side low on the log and in confidence.
In the current campaign, Muyoti leaves the team in the top half, and the club has issued its blessings and wished him well as he makes the move.
“Muyoti did well and we had very good moments with him here. He nurtured players and played a key role for us last year and so far this year. He has grown to be part of us and we want the best for him in his next job,” Mokua noted.
While the club operates on a lower budget, compared to its competitors, Nzoia Sugar has, curiously, enjoyed a lot of stability, where the technical bench is concerned. Muyoti was just the second coach at the team in five years.
The man who guided the team to the KPL at the start of 2017, Bernard Mwalala, served for three and a half years before leaving to take up a new job at Bandari FC.
“Our policy is strongly hinged on supporting and working closely with the coach and his team. We never sack coaches; we are always patient with them and consistently trying to better the team and that is why we get to do well given our budget,” he added.
As the dust settles down on coach Muyoti’s exit, the club has started engaging his potential successors. While Mokua says the process is just at the initial stage, former Nairobi Stima coach Ibrahim Shikanda, who also previously served as Azam FC assistant coach has emerged as favorite.
“I have not personally been in contact with Shikanda but he has been recommended to us and he will be among the persons we assess for the job,” Mokua stated of the current National Division One side, Bungoma Superstars coach.
In the meantime, assistant coach Vincent Sifuma will take charge of the team, with the first job an acid test as he leads the side to Mombasa to face former coach, Mwalala.
The team is currently on a three – match losing streak and Sifuma will be hoping to change that.