Okumbi Throws in the Towel at Mathare

Mathare United will have to put hiring a new coach at the top of their 2016 shopping list after Stanley Okumbi confirmed he has resigned as the club’s head coach.

Okumbi has been at Mathare for nearly three years since joining them in March 2012, making him one of the longest-serving one-club coaches in the league before he announced his exit.

The 2015 Kenyan Premier League season, where the Slum Boys finished 9th, was the biggest test of his near three-year managerial reign at the club. In August 2015, Okumbi had announced his resignation after a 3-1 defeat against Ushuru which left Mathare 10th on the log.

However, the club’s Chairman Bob Munro issued a statement dismissing the youthful manager’s resignation. Okumbi went on to take charge of the remaining eight matches, winning one, drawing four and losing three.

Okumbi finished within the top half of the table only once in his debut season in 2012 which the Slum Boys placed 8th after garnering 41 points. They dropped to 13th in 2013 (32 points), went up to 10th in 2014 (38 points) and finished the 2015 season in 9th (36 points).  

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