Official statement on the demise of Denis Lewa.

Thika United Football Club has published the following statement following the tragic passing of Denis Lewa.

Denis Lewa Mwangala

Denis Lewa Mwangala joined Thika United FC  in January 2017 from National Super League side Coast Stima.

 

The ambitious midfielder impressed the then Thika United Head coach James Nandwa, in a pre-season trials exercise and was recruited into the team.

 

 

 

Lewa continued to play for Thika United FC even through to the later stages of 2018 season, where he expressed through a letter, his desire to leave the club and try his luck elsewhere.

 

On the 27th of September 2018, Denis Lewa through a termination of his contract as per his request, was released from the club.

 

On 10th October 2018 we started receiving enquiries of his whereabouts following rumours of Lewa’s tragic road accident.

 

Today 11th October 2018, Evans Mwangala who is Lewa’s brother confirmed to Thika United FC that indeed Denis Lewa passed on in the ill fated bus that crashed in Fort Ternan.

 

We as Thika United FC family wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Denis Lewa, for the tragic loss of their loved one; and may God’s peace and love comfort you now and always. –End of statement.

According to Kericho police commander James Mugera,  the accident occurred after the brakes of the bus failed.

The driver lost control of the vehicle as it descended the black spot. The bus then veered off the road and rolled several times.

It’s reported around 56 people have perished from the accident.

 

Kapchanga back in full training.

E.Kapchanga back after foot fracture.

Thika United FC forward Emmanuel Kapchanga has an impressive come back to the training squad after a five month lay off, following a foot fracture suffered on his debut, against Nakumatt FC back in February 2018.

 

 

The Thika United ace has been training with the rest of the squad for the last ten days and the Medic team are impressed by the positive progress Kapchanga has displayed.

The injury report comes as a boost to Coach John Njogu and his Technical team as they plan ahead in the coming fixtures.

 

Meanwhile Thika United will host Nakumatt FC at Thika Sub-County Stadium tomorrow Saturday 28th July 2018. The match will kick off at 3pm. Compiled by Ken_magu.

 

Thika United defeated 2-0 at home.

It was not going to be an easy fixture for a makeshift and inexperienced Thika United FC side as they went down 2-0, from a goal in each half of the match against Ulinzi Stars this afternoon at Thika Stadium.

 

Coach John Njogu assembled a new team after a good number of the regular players terminated their contracts with the club. Ten new signings were in the 18 man squad that lost 2-0 against Ulinzi stars; Thika United fell behind in the 3rd minute, after a poor clearance at the back-line and had to climb a mountain to really cause a threat at the visitors and twice went close with new blood Valentine Nyandike missing the target by inches.

 

Ulinzi Stars who played with very little pressure found the cushion to their lead in the 69th minute of second half and things got real tough on Thika United, but the new boys never panicked and thwarted any further drabbing by the soldiers and settled for a 2-0 loss.

 

Starting XI: Eliud Emase, Stephen Odhiambo, Franco Balabala, Lewa Denis,  Valentine Nyadika, Peterson Kanyiri, Kennedy Ochieng, Derrick Nzosi, Michael Odongo, Erick Muthii,

Subs: Kevin Opiyo, Samuel Chege, Melvin Muthomi, Haji Mwachoki, Ibrahim Mwiti, Brian Asman, Richard Waithira.

 

Coach Njogu will have a two weeks break before their next fixture versus Homeboyz away in Kakamega on the 14th July; This time hopefully will be used by the technical bench to gel the new players with the old ones to form a much fine tuned team, as the fixtures will come fast and congested after the the break.Report by Ken_magu.

 

 

Thika United FC to rope in ten.

Coach Njogu with some of the new signings at Thika United.

Thika United FC will have recruited  ten new players by the end of the mid season transfer window which closes by midnight Saturday 30th June.

 

Head Coach John Njogu revealed to www.thikaunitedfc.com earlier today,

“We are through with our recruitment and we shall be joined by four defenders, three strikers and three midfielders, making a total of ten new players.”

 

Thika United shall be without a number of their known players after the transfer period, who opted to terminate their contracts and the club subsequently  replacing the positions affected by signing new players.

 

Trialists in Meru.

Recently Thika United conducted successful trials in Thika and in Meru and four of the new catch hail from the vast Meru region, more to follow….

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile Thika United will host Ulinzi Stars at Thika Sub-County Stadium in their next league fixture slated for Sunday July 1st. Compiled by Ken_magu.

 

Thika United FC to scout Meru talent.

Thika United FC in conjuction with Meru based Kirimara sports have organized a week long mid-season trials to scout untapped football talent in the vast Meru region.

Kirimara Sports is a sports development organization based in Meru with the aim of finding, nurturing, developing and promoting talent in the Mt Kenya region.

 

Mr Mutuma Nkanata who is the Chairman of Kirimara Sports told www.thikaunitedfc

“We are proud to partner with Thika United FC in this venture to scout and nurture football talent. Thika United are the highest ranked club in the Mt Kenya region and have the history, experience and tradition in promoting talent. We want to expand their reach and bring that success and experience to Meru and hopefully get a few youth who will play in the Kenyan Premier League and even the National team in the near future.”

 

Kilimara Sports and Thika United have organized a week long trials at Kinoru Stadium starting on the 22nd June and also planning to unveil the successful candidates, in the Thika United FC versus Ulinzi Stars league match which Thika United shall host at Kinoru Stadium on 1st July 2018.

Njogu irked by disallowed goal as Thika go down to Posta.

Coach John Njogu.

Thika United Head coach John Njogu cut a frustrated figure after watching his side have an 80th minute goal chalked off for offside in their 1-0 defeat to Posta Rangers in a mid-week league fixture, played at Thika Sub-County Stadium.

 

The teams went to  first-half break with equal strength despite the hosts conceding five corners, with Thika having two scrappy chances to take the lead.

 

In the 80th minute Thika United thought they had taken the lead, after making a break and beating the offside trap with Mukangula on a one one situation, the forward chose to lay a pass on a on rushing Masakidi, who slotted in an empty net.

 

But after some discussion between referee Josaih Awiti and the linesman Oliver Odhiambo, the goal was ruled out.

Speaking about the incident, Njogu said:  We score a goal, the referee indicates a goal and points to the centre circle.

“The linesman indicates an offside.

“It’s very, very close. It doesn’t matter whether I agree or disagree – it’s given as offside my players lose concentration and we lose the game.

“For me there was an opportunity today.”

Half time 0-0

Posta started the game brightly and only a smart save from Elliud Emase prevented Mukaisi from heading them in front in the fifth minute when Simon Mbugua picked him out in the box.

 

Eugene Mukangula had a chance to put his side ahead in the 13th minute, after beating his markers but his final touch was too heavy, to the delight of the on rushing keeper.

Second half drama

The hosts pushed for an opener in the second period, with Agesa Davies and Shami Kibwana going close on a couple of occasions but Posta managed to keep them at bay until ten minutes to stoppage.

 

Shortly after Thika United controversial disallowed goal in the 80th minute, the visitors pilled pressure on Thika United’s back-line and a feeble clearance by Michael Mutinda in the 83rd minute, fell on the path of Titus Achesa who took a rather weak shot in a forest of legs and securing a 1-0 win for the visitors.FT 0-1

 

Thika United have no time to lick the wounds of today’s loss as Sunday awaits with a journey away to Machakos to play Mathare United in their second match of the second leg.Report by Ken_Magu.

 

 

Thika United Thump Sony, in coach Njogu’s debut.

Thika Utd Head Coach John Njogu.

Thika United FC new tactician John Njogu, made a positive start in his debut match with a comfortable 3-1 win against visiting Sony Sugar over the weekend.

First half

It was a tentative start for both sides as they were trying to settle into the match.  The humidity of an impending rainy night was taking a toll at the players, with Thika United looking to take advantage of the conditions.

Mukangula came close to opening the scoring in the 14th minute from a direct free-kick just outside of the box, but his shot skimmed on top of the crossbar.

 

Saad Musa grabbed the lead for the home team in the 24th minute from a 20 yard screamer after side stepping the opponent and beating a flat footed Sony Keeper. 1-0.

Thika United didn’t let go of the fuel pedal as the midway break approached, the home team mounted another attack on the right flank and after a frantic clearance by the Sony defense;

Skipper Dennis Odhiambo, pounced on a loose ball outside the box and drove in a fierce left-footed shot between a forest of legs, beating the goalkeeper into the far post corner. 2-0.

Shami Kibwana could have put his name on the score sheet at the stroke of half-time from a close range effort which sailed narrowly wide following good work from the forward.

 

The match went into the interval with the home side deservedly leading 2-0.

Second half

The opening 10 minutes of the second-half was scrappy but Sony Sugar were camping in the Thika United’s half in search of an equalizer.

Coach Njogu made three subs in the second half ( James Kinyanjui for Saad; Agesa Davies for Hansel and Masakidi Clement for Mukangula) and the momentum in-search for more goals intensified.

 

The chances were there for the home team on counter-attacks and on the 64th minute Shami grabbed the third goal for Thika United from the penalty spot, after Sammy Meja was brought down in the box. 3-0.

Fredrick Onyango managed to pull one goal back for Sony in the 82nd minute with a header from a corner, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation as Thika United held on for their second straight league win. FT: 3-1.

The teams

Thika United starting XI: Eliud Emase,Baraka Badi, Meja Sammy, Mwinyi Kassim, Okumu Collins, Odhiambo Dennis, Mutinda Michael,Musa Saad, Mukangula Eugene, Shami Kibwana and Ochieng Hansel.

Subs: Kelvin Opiyo,Denis Lewa,Idah Sosthenes,Kinyanjui James,Muturi Francis,Masakidi Clement and Agesa Davies.

SoNy Sugar starting XI: Kevin Omondi, Kevin Oluoch, Martin Werunga, Samuel Olare, Joseph Omweri, Victor Ademba, Frederick Onyango, Tobias Omondi, David Simiyu, Yema Mwana, George Abege.

 

Next match

Thika United will next host AFC Leopards at Thika Stadium on Sunday 20th May,2018. Compiled by Ken_Magu.

John Njogu is Thika United new Head Coach.

Thika United FC has appointed Coach John Njogu Kamande as their new head coach following the recent resignation of coach Nicholas Muyoti.

CV

Coach Njogu is a holder of CAF B  coaching Licence and KNVB Advance Level certified, among other professional training qualifications.

Before joining Thika United, Coach Njogu is notably known to have coached Kiambu AllStars FC in Kenya Division one league, from 2014- 2017.

 

Coach Njogu will lead Thika United in their next fixture at home against Sony Sugar, on Sunday 13th May 2018. Compiled by Ken_magu.

Coach Muyoti quits.

Coach Nicholas Muyoti.

Thika United FC head coach Nicholas Muyoti has resigned.

The tactician has sited poor results as the main reason for his resignation, and has expressed his gratitude to Thika United for the opportunity to serve the team,

 

“First I’d like to express my gratitude to Thika United and the entire management for the opportunity and belief they accorded me during my stay here;

But in football and as a coach performance is gauged by results and the results have not been good, so I’ve decided to resign as Thika United coach and move on; I’d also wish the team all the best in their future matches.”

Coach Muyoti speaking to www.thikaunitedfc.com, after tendering his resignation.

Official club statement to follow…

Decision time? Thika United fall again…

It’s tough times at Thika United FC as they slumped to a 3-0 horrific defeat against an organised, resilient Nzoia FC on Sunday.

Coach N.Muyoti and Keeper trainer J.Ruto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was the kind of performance and loss that can be defining to the tactician, the personnel and to the management in general.

Predictable

Despite going into halftime at a 0-0 stalemate, Thika United showed a rather depressing lack of character and conceded 3 goals in the last 22 minutes of the match, a pattern that has bedeviled the team in a predictable way in a number of matches.

Resolving

Fingers may be pointed at either or all the three departments (Technical, Personnel and Management) for the recent slump, but one thing remains certain, a decision has to be made in an attempt to finding a solution, to salvage the situation from getting worse.

Next Match

Thika United will have a few days to reorganize before their next assignment against Wazito FC on May 6th, at Camp Toyoyo-3pm. Compiled by Ken_magu.