Massive restructuring at Vihiga United as quest for KPL return begins

Ten new players, a restructured technical bench and a whopping 16 releases have kept Vihiga United busy preparing for the new 2019-20 National Super League (NSL) season that is set to kickoff this coming weekend.

The team concluded its transfer dealings last week and unveiled its new recruits as well as the new personnel to the technical bench on Monday 26.

Head coach Sammy Okoth, brought onboard from Zoo FC at the tail end of last season on an interim basis, has been given the duties permanently with former Kenyan international Nick Yakhama joining as the team’s Technical Director while former Kakamega Homeboyz shotstopper Collins Oduor is the club’s keeper trainer.

Vihiga United’s new TD Nick Yakhama (L) with club president Khai Indimuli during yesterday’s unveiling

Vihiga are back in the second tier just two seasons after winning the division and sealing promotion to the KPL for the first time in the club’s history and the new changes are designed to make sure the club returns back to the top tier at the first time of asking according to club president Indimuli Kahi.

“The team that we have assembled has been given only one target, to get us back to the premier league. We want by the end of the year, not to have excuses on what we have not achieved. We want to be talking about our plans back in the premier league,” he said.

Formed just six years ago, Vihiga United – who are funded by the county government of Vihiga – finished 12th in their debut season in the KPL but were unable to replicate that fete in their sophomore season as they suffered relegation, finishing second from bottom.

The new look side will kickoff its NSL campaign on Sunday 1 September against Migori Youth at the Mumias Sports ground.

Below are all the INs and OUTs;

IN: Hillary Otieno and Kelvin Okinda (AP Nairobi), Peter Joma (Zoo Youth), Richard Swegenyi (Vihiga Sportiff), Morgan Abuko (Chemelil Sugar), Kelvin Opiyo and Michael Odongo (Thika United), Leslie Otieno (Kariobangi Sharks Youth), Mark Owino (Kenyatta University), Abisalom Onyango (Migori Youth)

OUT: Bernard Ochieng, Vincent Wanda, Chris Masinza, Stephen Wakanya, Amos Kigadi, Kelvin Muhanji, David Kavaji, Godfrey Airo, Edwin Mukoya, Rashid Kyambbade, Caleb Wamalwa, Patrick Ndikuyiro, Lewis Opiyo, Edmond Mauda, Elijah Mwanzia, Timothy Luda