Lack of quality players hurt Vihiga cause, says sacked coach Xavier

Sacked assistant coach Francis Xavier has blamed Vihiga United’s poor performance in the Kenyan Premier League to lack of budget to buy quality players who could bolster the squad in the ended transfer window. Xavier alongside his boss Mike Mururi were sent packing yesterday by club boss Kahi Indimuli on the basis of poor run but Xavier feels the situation would have been salvaged had the squad had quality players. The sacking of the team’s technical bench came in the wake of a 0-1 defeat to Zoo-Kericho. “The transfer window did not materialize as we had planned since our boss told us that the county of Vihiga has no money. “We had good players in mind that we wanted to buy so as to reinforce the squad but now that we couldn’t we had nothing to do,”he said. The club is expected to name a caretaker coach today with Zoo’s Sammy Okoth tipped to take over. The Vihiga County based side is placed 16th on the 18-team KPL table with 20 points, five above bottom placed Nakumatt FC. They play Mathare United at Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday. Added Xavier: “Vihiga team plays some  good football but I also blame referees decisions sometimes, ” he said noting that the match officials in some cases made decisions that went against them thus injuring their campaign. “Our players have also been missing good chances which if well utilised would have seen us occupy a respectable place on the log,” he added. Xavier says he’s open to other coaching offers but also intends to play for Kakamega’s  Asec FC in the Wazee Premier League. United has only won three matches this season after round of 24 matches, losing 10 and drawing 11; a poor form that could see them return to the National Super League.

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