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Okumbi already planning for 2013

Mathare United’s head coach Stanley Okumbi, the 2012 second runners up in the Coach of the Year award category, is looking to boost the team’s power ahead of a new season.

Okumbi, who helped steer Mathare from looming relegation to finish the season ranked eighth, says there is no time to rest if they have to compete for the title next year.

“The season may have come to an end but as a coach I have to make preparations for the future, otherwise the upcoming season will find us ill-prepared. I need to look at the just-concluded season, find out where we went wrong and come up with ways of dealing with the weaknesses,” said Okumbi.

Among the changes that Okumbi intends to make is in the playing unit, where he plans to release some players and recruit others.

“Some of the players we have do not fit in our system of play and we have to release them to try out with other teams. At the moment, there are plans to cut loose at least four players, all of whom will be replaced by individuals we believe will increase our strength.”

Okumbi joined Mathare in March 2012, replacing Gabriel Kingi Njoroge, who voluntarily stepped aside after his tactical approach failed to work on the team.


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