FKF Premier League side Mathare United has sacked head coach Salim Ali and his assistant, Patrick Gitagia, following a run of poor results that have seen the city slum boys staring at relegation.
The club has quickly appointed former Gor Mahia assistant coach Frank Ouna as the new head coach.
“Mathare United Football Club has today appointed Frank Ouna as its new head coach. He replaces Salim Ali, whose almost three-year tenure as a head coach, came to an end on Monday,” the club said in a statement issued in Nairobi on Tuesday, 18th May.
The 44-year-old Ouna will be returning to football management since parting ways with Wazito FC in 2019.
“I want to first of all thank the club’s hierarchy for placing confidence in me with this appointment. Mathare is a historic club and I am humbled to be here,” Ouna said after his appointment.
“I understand the task at hand and the only way to set things straight is to put points on the board. That is why I have been given the job.”
For his part, CEO Jecton Obure said: “Ouna is a vastly experienced coach and this made it easy for us to decide on him. We have complete faith that his appointment will coincide with us scaling up the log.”
At Mathare, Ouna will reunite with defender Austin Ochieng and goalkeeper trainer Stephen Mbogo, whom he both worked with during his spell as the Wazito FC coach.
Ouna’s first assignment will be to lead Mathare against KCB FC on Wednesday, 19th May, at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani., Nairobi.
Having played 15 league matches, the slum boys are bottom with a single win, nine losses, and five draws.