Homeboyz coach poached by Vihiga AllStars
10 January 2014, 16:26
Nairobi - Former Premier League side Kakamega Homeboyz suffered a setback following the poaching of their head coach Edward Manoah by the Vihiga AllStars.
Manoah, one of the more experienced Premier League coaches has been hired by Vihiga County to take charge of Vihiga All Stars that will feature in the third tier Division One league.
The county has also recruited former AFC Leopards player Tom Tera as Manoah’s assistant.
Vihiga Governor Moses Akaranga confirmed that they had brought Manoah on board adding that he would be in charge of development of football in the County.
“We have finalized a deal with Manoah and handed over Vihiga AllStars team to him,” said Akaranga.
He added: “My target is to have the team qualify for the Premier League and that is why the county is investing in an experienced coach”.
County Executive Committee member in charge of Sports Nixon Amendi said Manoah has been given the mandate to recruit players so as to reinforce the existing playing unit.
“The team did not perform well in the Division One league last season. We are reinforcing the playing unit and technical bench with the view of qualifying for the Super League and eventually Premier League,” said Amendi.
“The new coach used tournaments that were held during the December festive season to recruit players for the team. We are impressed with players that he has recruited and they have started training,” said Amendi.
Manoah said that he was happy to be with Vihiga All Stars adding that he was aware that the task ahead of him was tough.
“I have quit as Homeboyz coach and I thank them for the support they gave me. I wish them well as fight to return to topflight league,” he added.
He noted that he had recruited quality players and was optimistic of better results this season.
“The governor wants the team to qualify for Super League in 2015 and that is what we are working on and with the talent I have we will achieve this goal.
He noted that he was in the process of constituting his technical bench adding that he was happy with the support he was receiving from the County Government.
Amendi said that he has initiated the process of constituting the team’s Executive Committee as required by local Football Governing body FKF.
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