The Star (Nairobi)

17 November 2012

Kenya: Karuturi Sack 10

 Flowermen give players marching orders after a poor season

Karuturi Sports have made radical changes to their playing unit just a week after the Kenya Premier league season ended sacking ten players from the squad that represented them in the just conclude 2012 season

Attacking midfielder Alfred Chole, defender Peter Juma, former AFC Leopards and Sony Sugar attacking midfielder Jack "Kadwaro" Omondi, Kevin Omondi, Allan Omondi, Mustapha Ogutu, Yusuf Siruma, Jeff Odongo and former Gor Mahia duo Steve Biko and Nathan Munai were the ten players e axed by the Naivasha based side.

Karuturi Vice chairman Stephen Masaku confirmed they had parted ways with the ten after a lengthy consultation with the technical bench and the appraisal of the affected players contribution to the team.

"At the end of every season we normally conduct a restructuring exercise while looking forward to the following season. Decisions are taken based on performance and overall discipline," revealed Masaku.

Karuturi finished a lowly 12th forcing the hand of the club management into taking the drastic action.

"We are a very ambitious club. We invest a lot of money in the team and we want to get value for our investment," Masaku explained. He revealed some players might be considered for employment with the parent company that sponsors the club while others might be absorbed into the technical bench.

"We are concerned about the welfare of our players and where possible with the advise of the technical bench we can help. Currently we have three players employed by our company,"he said.

The Naivasha based side have already initiated the process of scouting for replacements ahead of the commencement of the pres season in January.

"We have mandated the technical bench to go around the country and recruit the best available talent. We want to have an improvement on the performances we had this season which was way below par," he said.

Coach Michael Nam now has his job cut out to improve the fortunes of the club that has established itself as a mid table side anchored by the strong performances they enjoyed at their Naivasha "Old Trafford" fortress.

Leading players like Alan Otindo,Titus Wamalwa and Jacob Omondi have not been at their best this term and Nam will have to get the best out of them if Karuturi are to return to their former status as one of the toughest teams to beat in the top flight league.

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