Just six matches into the 2019/20 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaign, and a run that has seen them pick just one win despite a heavy investment in the club, the Wazito FC management has fired the core membership of its technical bench.
Soka understands that head coach Fred Ambani, his assistant Hamisi Abdalla and Technical Director Stanley Okumbi have all been asked to leave, the directive coming right after the 2-4 loss to Kakamega Homeboyz on KPL Match Day 6.
Right after the defeat, a series of tweets from the club’s financier, Ricardo Badoer pointed at the discomfiture at the side and earlier allegations of a near fist fight between Okumbi and Ambani over team selection didn’t help matters.
According to a member of the playing unit, the two disagreed after Okumbi, who has been away with the Kenya U20 national team in Uganda, insisted on dropping two key players who have done well in the last two matches. Ambani would hear none of it.
After the loss, in engagements with fans on the interwebs, Badoer had to issue an apology to them, while promising action in the course of the following week.
“I apologize to our fans and promise we will work on making the changes needed,” he said in one tweet before assuring of issuing a statement on Tuesday 22 October.
Though somewhat foulmouthed, Badoer’s tweets and replies pointed just at one eventuality – that heads will roll and indeed it has happened.
Wazito ascended to the top flight after a fine run in the National Super League (NSL), finishing top, and went on to rope the best talent in the country, splashing cash to come up with a team thought to be competitive enough for KPL.
However, clearly the best funded side in the league, Wazito has struggled to fit in and after six matches, the team is just three places above the relegation playoff zone.