National league side APS Bomet FC have appointed Charles Odero Okumu as their new head coach.
Odero was unveiled by the club on Friday as the head of the weekend clash with Kibera Blackstars at the Ligi Ndogo compound in Nairobi.
Odero takes over from Benedict Wanjala, who has left the club by mutual consent and joined the Mombasa Elites.
During the unveiling ceremony, Inspector Rose Chemutai, CEO of APS Bomet, said Odero was chosen from a list of ten applicants.
Chemutai said team management will look up to Odero to keep up a good performance and ensure he is promoted to the Football Kenya Federation Premier League next season.
“Odero will lead the team to promotion and as management we will provide him with all the necessary support to ensure he maintains his good performances,” he said.
Chemutai said the team has faith in Odero and will support him.
On Monday, Odero watched his charges return to the top of the table with a 1-0 win over Fortune Sacco FC.
Chemutai said at the same time the club have not made any other changes to their technical bank.
APS have been without a coach for their last seven league games and have seen mixed results.
Odero accepted the appointment, saying he was ready for the task ahead.
He welcomed his welcome from the players, saying it was a vote of confidence.
“I pledge my support to management and the fans and I am committed to ensuring the club continues to perform well,” he said.
The former Muhoroni Youth FC manager said he had no hesitation in accepting the offer.
“I’ve seen APS Bomet and played against them and I know their potential. I promise to keep the fire burning until we get promoted,” Odero said.
APS Bomet leads the league with 30 points while Fortune Sacco FC is second with 29 points.
Naivas FC is third with 25 points, while Muranga Seals is fourth with 24 points and Muhoroni Youth closes the top five position with 24 points.
At the same time, the club’s CEO said the team is facing financial challenges as the league gains momentum.
Chemutai appealed to sponsors to come to their aid and ensure the team honors all of their league games.
“We planned a harambee as a team and hope for support and for the second half of the season to go smoothly,” she said.