Vihiga United talk just a rumor, Okoth says

Former Kenyan international Sammy Okoth, currently the head coach at Kericho based Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side, Zoo FC, has rejected claims linking him with a move to Vihiga United.

For three years now, Okoth has been with Zoo FC and after guiding the side to a 1 – 0 win over Vihiga United talk emerged that the match at Kericho Green Stadium was his last as he prepares to decamp to Vihiga United, as Mike Mururi’s replacement.

Still at Zoo

While, he stated that he is still with Zoo, Okoth couldn’t confirm categorically that there hasn’t been an approach from Vihiga, who are having a torrid season this term, as they go through their second season in the top flight.

“Yesterday I guided the team to a win over Vihiga United and then there sprung some news that I will be leaving Zoo FC to join Vihiga United, but that is just talk; I am still at Zoo and if anything else different comes up, I will communicate formally,” he told Soka.

Mururi fired

The reports are further fueled by Vihiga United’s management firing the entire coaching unit – head coach Mike Mururi, and assistants Xavier Francis and Tom Tera – due to poor performance.

Both Zoo FC and Vihiga United are on 20 points in the KPL standings, with Vihiga on a superior goal difference. Vihiga have won three of their 24 matches this season and Zoo have won four of 23 matches.

Club statement

Meanwhile, Zoo FC in a statement on its social media pages, stated that the coach is off on a sabbatical leave, which he asked for, to attend to personal matters.

“Our head Coach has requested to take a sabbatical leave to attend to personal family matters at home.

“The management heeded his plea and we hope to see him back soon after he sorts these matters. He has left behind a able team to run the team in his absence and there is no course for alarm. All the best and see you soon Coach Sammy!” the club stated.

Next up for Zoo is an away trip to Machakos where they will face Posta Rangers.