Kisumu All Stars FC have confirmed that former Kenyan International Mike Mururi will take over the team as head coach from Monday 3rd February. Mururi, whose most recent involvement has been with FKF Division One side Soy United, was at the Moi Stadium today- Thursday 30th January and as Team Manager Alfred Adu confirms, has been handed the reins at the beleaguered side.
”He was present today at the stadium but was not involved with the team’s training. We look at having him officially take over the team from Monday,” Mr. Adu tells Soka.
All Stars, currently second from bottom on the log, have been under the tutelage of German-based Arthur Opiyo whose one-month involvement with the team ended with a 2-0 loss to AFC Leopards last weekend. Mr. Opiyo had been a temporary replacement for Henry Omino who was relieved of his duties alongside assistant Andrew Aroka.
Mururi’s Soy United currently leads Div One Zone B table standings, a side he chose after taking a break from tutoring the premiership. He had last been active with Vihiga United in the Kenyan Premier League. Before that, Kakamega Homeboyz and Chemelil Sugar football clubs had been his stations too.
Mr. Adu reveals that while they still search for a goalkeeping coach, Mururi will be assisted by former Kisumu Hot Stars head coach Ambrose Otieno and the two will have Evans Uche Oketch as the team’s fitness trainer.
”As we had said during Mr. Opiyo’s unveiling, he was only taking over the team on an interim basis since he was around and would soon leave. We knew the Leopards clash would be his last and we have been looking for a head coach. Mr. Mururi has the experience we need and we believe he will lift the team from its current position,” says Adu.
All Stars have so far managed only 8 points in the 18 matches they have been involved in and next travel to Kariobangi Sharks- one of the two sides they managed to beat in the first leg of the season.