New coaches get off to a good start in Kenya Premier League

Ulinzi Stars' Salim Ali and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB)'s Abdalla Juma all registered wins in return to top flight as Sony's Sammy 'Pamzo' Omollo managed a draw
New coaches registered mixed results on the first day of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) which kicked-off on Sunday.

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) coach Abdalla Juma will be celebrating the most after his side thrashed Nairobi City Stars 4-0.

It was a great welcome for Juma who has been away from the top league for close to two seasons after he was relieved of his duties.

After Thika United, Juma went to relegated side Congo United where he stayed for just half a season and was forced to retreat to the Division One where he handled Bidco United.

Last season, when KCB came calling, the veteran coach did not hesitate to take up the challenge. Juma says his goal is to help the bankers finish in an improved position this season.

"Last year, we finished at tenth position. This season our goal is at least a top eight position," he told

But Juma will do well to remember that the bankers always start well but their biggest problem has always been on how to finish strongly and for this he will need to maintain a consistent performance through-out the season.

Former Mathare United and Sofapaka coach Salim Ali also took off on a positive note as well when he guided Ulinzi Stars to a 1-0 win over Bandari at Afraha Stadium.

At this time last season, Ali was in charge at Sofapaka and enjoying himself but the honeymoon did not last long as he was fired at some point in the second leg when he could not maintain the same good performance he started the year with.

Ali said at the weekend that his goal this season is to win all their home matches as they bid for another stab at the title they last won in 2010 and Sunday's win has taken them off well.

Former Tusker coach Sammy Omollo will be a worried man as his Sony Sugar side failed to stop Mathare United at home in a match that ended in a barren draw.

Omollo joined Sony two months ago after a failed bid to retain Oserian in the KPL. The result against United should be a cause for worry for Omollo especially considering that this was his first home match.