When Kibera Black Stars of the National Super League (NSL) take to the pitch on Monday 4 February at the Thika Sub-county Stadium to take on Fortune Sacco in a week 12 fixture, they will do so without head coach Godfrey Solo Oduor, who tendered his resignation on Monday morning.
Black Stars are having a catastrophic season, locked in the relegation zone without a single win thus far. But aside from the poor results, fan revolt against the players and the coach especially is what has led to Solo calling time on his three year stay at the club.
“I believe it is not about results,” Solo explained exclusively to Soka his decision. “In our last game on Wednesday against Police, the team was leading 3-1 and we were on course to seeing out our first win but some fans threatened our players, some saying they would stab them. This affected our performance and we ended up drawing 3-3.
“To me it seems like there is something else beyond matters on the pitch that is the problem and that is why I have decided to tender my resignation.”
This is not the first time that this has happened this season according to Solo and he has acknowledged that it is right for him to step aside so that the time can go forward without any off field distractions.
“If I am the problem then its best I call it a day and let someone else run the club. The team is bigger than any one individual. I wish them well as I now look out for other opportunities,” he said.
Solo, a former Tusker FC player and currently a member of the national U-17 technical bench, has been with the club since 2016 leading them to promotion to the NSL from the FKF Division One and helping them stay afloat in the more competitive second tier.
He led the team to a top half of the table finish in their debut season in the second tier back in 2017 as they finished in 10th place with 45 points. 2018 would see a drop in league placing to 11th but an improved points tally of 48.
He leaves them third from bottom with five points, three points from safety.