Vihiga United deal relegation blow to Zoo by roping in Okoth as head coach

Just two days after losing to Zoo FC in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) relegation scrap, Vihiga United have gone on to secure the services of coach Sammy Okoth from the Kericho based side, dealing them a blow as the battle to maintain topflight league status intensifies.

The appointment was made at the Kidundu Stadium in Vihiga where the team trains and it was confirmed that Okoth would be taking over the team on a caretaker basis until the season concludes and the team can regroup.

He will be deputized by Alex Alumirah coach of WPL side Vihiga Queens and another yet to be confirmed individual, is in talks to come in as a second assistant.

Alex Alumirah (R) with Vihiga United Chairman Kahi Indimuli at the unveiling

Alumirah will still maintain his role with Queens who he has led to the summit of the WPL log and are on course to retain their title for a third successive season.

Wednesday’s win

Okoth orchestrated the win on Wednesday that compounded Vihiga to their fourth straight defeat and led to the dismissal of head coach Mike Muiruri and a number of his technical bench staff including assistants Francis Xavier and Tom Tera.

Wednesday’s win saw Zoo, second from bottom, tie third from bottom Vihiga at 20 points each with the two being just a point away from safety.

On Thursday, Zoo through its social media handles, confirmed that Okoth had requested to take time off from the team to take care of some urgent family business with the former Kenyan international himself pouring cold water on the rumours linking him to the Vihiga job.

The new look technical bench’s first piece of action will come in the form of Mathare United who they will play host to at the Bukhungu Stadium this Sunday.