Mike Mururi should not be underrated. With the kind of business he has done in the window, Vihiga might spring a few surprises this season.
Last Season’s Finish: 12th
Vihiga narrowly survived relegation last season this after a torrid campaign that ended with the club hierarchy acquiring the services of coach Mike Mururi after the departure of coach Edward Manoah and it proved to be a masterstroke. With virtually tough tests towards the end of the season, no one still understand how Vihiga are not in the National Super League.
One can say that Mururi struggled as he found an already assembled team and had no option but to work with what he had; maintaining the club’s status in the top flight in their first season of asking was considered an achievement.
But with new season comes new ambitions. The coach has kept his ambition to his chest but his transfer activities points to the fact that he will be in for business this campaign. Mururi started by doing away with some of the team’s stalwarts in the team with the likes of Charles Okwemba and goalkeeper Barnabas Tiema already out of the club. Others out of the door are Ben Ogot, Jonathan Mugabi, Silicho Soita, Vincent Kagasi, Vitalis Akumu, Morven Otinya, Kevin Mugone, Ali Kesi and Edward Manoah.
The tactician has moved swiftly to acquire the services of former Sofapaka FC and Thika United exciting forward Timothy Luda and raided his former club Kakamega Homeboyz for the services of left back Collins Kisuya and central defender Smith Ouko. Striker Rashid Kyambade, goalkeeper Mike Matasio and midfielder Alex Imbusi are other new faces in the team. Add this to players like Amos Kigadi, Mike Isabwa and Harambee Stars defender Bernard Ochieng you get a picture of a decent team ready to rattle teams.
Their main aim is to remain afloat again according to bookmakers and this gives him the perfect environment to plan his season with less pressure but going by the acquisition this is a team that shouldn’t be underrated.
In his spells at Chemelil Sugar FC and Homeboyz, Mururi had this tendency of making his home games count and this is a trait he is expected to carry to Vihiga and backed by the vociferous fans from the Western part of the country, this is trend should continue. Write them off on your own peril.