Murang'a Seal confirm coaching changes in bid to revitalize maiden FKF Premier League season

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FKFPL Murang'a Seal confirm coaching changes in bid to revitalize maiden FKF Premier League season

Festus Chuma 20:30 - 22.12.2023

Murang'a Seal surprises with coaching change amid poor performance, appoints interim coach, seeking a turnaround in Football Kenya Federation Premier League.

Football Kenya Federation Premier League side Murang'a Seal have officially confirmed the departure of their head coach Gabriel Njoroge following days of swirling rumors about his exit from the club.

The Central-Kenya-based team had been tight-lipped about Njoroge's status, but they have now made it official, signaling a significant change in their coaching staff.

Njoroge took the helm at the start of the season, stepping in after the departure of coach Vincent Nyaberi.

However, a string of disappointing performances in the domestic league in recent matches led to his departure.

Murang'a Seal released a statement addressing the situation, stating, "We have parted ways with Gabriel 'Kingi' Njoroge as head coach on mutual consent. Dennis 'Wise' Okoth is at the helm on an interim basis."

During his tenure as head coach, Njoroge oversaw 16 games, with the team securing six wins, four draws, and facing five losses.

Observers familiar with Njoroge describe him as a no-nonsense figure, and his exit from the team hints at a breakdown in relations between him and the Seal management.

Murang'a Seal, who had at one point occupied top-two positions in the league, currently sits in ninth place on the league table with 25 points from 16 matches.

The recent string of disappointing results, including a 1-1 draw against AFC Leopards at their SportPesa Arena, contributed to the decision to part ways with Njoroge.

Gabriel Njoroge's coaching career spans several years and includes various coaching roles with different teams.

In 2006, he handled Kenya U-17 during the 2007 CECAFA U-17 Championship held in Burundi. He later coached Mathare Youth for several years until 2010.

In December 2011, Njoroge was appointed as the head coach of Mathare United on a two-year deal to replace Salim Ali.

However, he was relieved of his duties just four months later and replaced by Stanley Okumbi in late March 2012. Njoroge then returned to Mathare Youth Sports Association as a Technical Director and Youth Development and Talent Coordinator.

In mid-2015, he joined Nairobi City Stars but parted ways with the club after less than five months in charge.

In 2018, Njoroge had a brief stint at Thika United and later worked with the relatively unknown Vifaru football academy. He brings a wealth of coaching experience to his roles, holding a KNVB-trained coach certification and UEFA 'B' as well as CAF 'C' License.

Murang'a Seal will now regroup after the Christmas break and resume league action on January 7 when they travel to face Kariobangi Sharks.

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