The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Ouma Confirmed

Sofapaka have confirmed David Ouma as their new head coach, ending speculations over the hiring of a foreigner to replace Scot Stewart Hall.

Hall left the Kenyan side for his previous club Azam of Tanzania after just two months at the helm of the 2009 Kenyan Premier League champions.

Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa officially handed Ouma the huge task on Wednesday night in a function organised to unveil the clubs new recruits.

Kalekwa hailed Ouma as a young, talented and visionary tactician, saying he is equal to the task of winning the KPL title they last won in their maiden appearance back in 2009.

"He is a young coach who does his job diligently," said Kalekwa. "I believe he has the ability to carry this team forward and bring the title back home. He has trained so many coaches and his experience cannot be underrated."

While accepting his new role, Ouma said he is ready for the task ahead, adding that he has had a good run since Hall's exit. He is especially buoyed by the Kenya Power Charity Cup he won with the side earlier this month after beating Gor Mahia 6-5 on post match penalties.

"We learnt our lessons last season--especially in the last four matches, where we won three and lost one," said Ouma. The stage is set for the new season and our main focus will be to get a chance to represent the country at next year's Africa Champions League."

He said the players at the club, including the new recruits are equal to the task of achieving their dream of playing in the continental show next year.

The club also unveiled their new players among them veteran Harambee Stars midfielder Titus Mulama, who returns to the club from Nakuru All Stars.

Others are Enock Agwanda (Sony Sugar), Koko Manupi (TP Mazembe), Charles Ouma (Ligi Ndogo), Hillary Echesa (Malaysia), Kennedy Oduor (Karuturi Sports), Ugandan Julius Seniga, Zimbabwean Obaddiah Tarumba, Collins Kisuya (Germinal Beerschot) and Patrick Kagogo, who is making a comeback after his loan spell at current champions Tusker.

The club also rewarded their best players from last year where veteran Harambee Stars striker John Baraza was named the best overall player in addition to grabbing the top-scorer's gong.

Others rewarded at the function organised by the club's sponsor East Africa Portland Cement were Duncan Ochieng (best goalkeeper), Eugene Asike (best defender), captain James Situma (best midfielder) and David Okello (most disciplined).

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