Incoming Mathare United head coach Frank Ouna has only one business with the Slum Boys this season- to ensure their stay in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League.
The 44-year-old replaced Salim Ali at the helm of the 2008 league champions that are now rooted to the bottom of the 18-member league with a single win and nine defeats in 14 outings.
“Frank Ouna joins us until the end of the season, he is a great coach judging from his CV and has a good understanding of management,” club CEO Jectone Obure revealed why they settled on the former Gor Mahia man.
🚨 | Frank Ouna joins Mathare United
Frank Ouna has today been appointed as Mathare United's new head coach replacing Salim Ali.
— Mathare United FC (@MathareUtd) May 18, 2021
With a staggering seven points and five from safety, the club is in real danger of exiting the top tier, come the end of the season, with Ouna being tasked to save the club from the relegation axe.
“We do not want to be in the relegation zone and we will work to move out. Ouna knows the task at hand, he’s job is to make sure that the team survives relegation this season,” said Obure.
🗣️ | Coach Salim on the draw with @VihigaUnitedFC
1/2: “Though small, yesterday’s draw is a step in the right direction. I said before the game that we consider it a new campaign and that we will not dwell on what happened prior to the two-month break. #GreatnessWithin #FKFPL pic.twitter.com/Y5CEiZTbvz
— Mathare United FC (@MathareUtd) May 17, 2021
Ouna who was replaced at KCB by current head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno is upbeat about his latest appointment and confident of achieving this season’s goal with the club.
“Mathare is a historical club and I am humbled to be here. 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,” he said shortly after his appointment.
Mathare United is at home to KCB at the Kasarani Annex on Wednesday and Ouna will be in the dugout against his former employers, after having already taken charge of the club’s training sessions.