KPL 2018/19 Season Preview: Nakumatt FC Image- Nakumatt FC
KPL 2018/19 Season Preview: Nakumatt FC
By Zachary Oguda | Sun 02 Dec, 2018 12:32
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With no recognized head coach and a chunk of first team players left for other teams, there is a united belief among bookmakers that Nakumatt will be relegated at the end of the season.

Last Season’s Finish: Playoff Winners

Were it not for the lethargic performance by Ushuru FC in the KPL/NSL Play Off last season, Nakumatt would have been in the National Super League (NSL) this season.

Having started slowly last season, the shoppers got a financial boost as the first leg closure drew nearer but the monies would only last for a few months before the problems resurfaced again0this replicated by the poor performance that almost sent them back to the NSL; this financial model having everyone worried about their long term plans.

If there is a momentum that is to be carried forward from last season, it is very much of the downward variety. No serious player will want to join a team whose future is in doubt and despite having announced that they were rebranding to Mount Kenya United to get them close to the Central region fan base, a lot still has not been done to make them a competitive side.

Unreliable Players

The squad is further stuffed with underwhelming and/or unreliable players. Their former coach Melis Medo has gone to Sofapaka with some of their outstanding performers last season and it will take the new man in charge to revitalize the side without any serious funds. The departure of Joe Waithera, John Avire, Tom Adwar and Faina Jacob leaves them short in every department on the field; eminent departures expected before the window closes.

But the losses might be a blessing to some of the unknown players they are expected to rope. In the Kenyan Premier League, no matter the financial state of a team, a side is always assured of getting players. The team is already in talks with journey man Tony Nyagor and John Ndirangu; dead woods rejected by other clubs. They might want to resurrect their careers despite the clubs predicaments and combined with the young unknown talents also seeing this as a platform to look for better deals, they might want to prove doubters but that isn’t a state a club will want to bank on.

Coach Mwangi

Having their former coach James Mwangi might help them too. He is one guy who has been with the club for some good time now and know the gist of the club. He relatively did well with an average squad before Medo came in with new players who helped the club past teams. With a good financial backing, they are a team that no one should write off but the on and off tendencies when it comes to salary remittance books them for relegation.

Just as last season, Nakumatt would want to prove their critics wrong but with no any significant dealings in the transfer their survival prospects dim alarmingly and perhaps fatally.


Zachary Oguda

Twitter: @zaxoguda

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