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Muhoroni Youth Players Blame Management For Relegation

Muhoroni Youth players walk off the pitch at half time during their SportPesa Premier League (SPL) match against Mathare United at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday, November 11, 2017. PHOTO/SPN.

NAIROBI, Kenya- Muhoroni Youth FC forward Maxwell Onyango has made it clear that the clubs’ management are to blame after their five year stay in the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) came to a sorry end this season.

Onyango, who was on target in their 1-2 loss to Mathare United FC over the weekend, has been one of the stand out players in the team that has had an underwhelming season in which they suffered one of the biggest losses in the modern day league, a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of Kariobangi Sharks FC, which confirmed their relegation to the second tier.

While the heavy loss to Sharks rubber-stamped their demotion, Onyango reckons that their fate was sealed as early as February when they started engaging the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) in running court battles over CAF club licensing.

“At the start of the season, the club was entangled in off the field tussles with Football Kenya Federation (FKF) over club licensing among other things. In my honest opinion, that set the ball rolling for the dismal season ahead,” offered Onyango.

Paid allowances

A high turnover of coaching staff as well as biting financial challenges saw the club’s fortunes plummet further in the second leg as the reality of relegation started sinking in.

“There were other factors such as changing coaches at will and most importantly players not being paid allowances and salaries. It is fair to say our fate was sealed very early into the season,” Onyango added.

It remains to be seen whether Onyango will remain in the top tier as the Muhoroni-based club prepares for life in the National Super League (NSL) starting next season.

Other players expected to remain in the topflight include Yusuf Mohammed, Paul Muchika, Jacobs Faina and skipper Kennedy Rono who have been rather outstanding this season.

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