Kisumu All Stars have brought in Ambrose Otieno- former head coach of Div 1 side Kisumu Hot Stars to assist in the team’s Technical Bench that currently has Arthur Opiyo and Francis Oduor.
Diego, as Ambrose is popularly known in local Kisumu circles, joins the team in an assistant coach’s capacity and has already participated in one week of training with the Kenyan Premier League outfit.
The 35-year old says it is a chance for growth and he takes it with open arms.
‘’It’s good to have a first time. I am happy because I’ll be in the Premier League for the first time, so it’s a good move,’’ says Diego who believes one of his key strengths is meaningful relations with his units.
‘’At Kisumu Hot Stars, I learned to relate well with the players, mutual understanding if you like. Once this is done, it is easier to work with the group and that is one of the key things that I bring to All Stars.”
All Stars are currently managed by Arthur Opiyo who coincidentally, coached Ambrose at Covenant FC briefly before the former went to Europe to further his badges. From just one week of training under his former coach, Ambrose says he has taken in a lot.
”Arthur was my coach at Covenant FC back in the day. For the one week that I have trained with him, I have learned a lot from him given the kind of experience he has. I look forward to learning more from him,” reveals the former Palos FC assistant coach.
He leaves Kisumu Hot Stars midway through the Div 1 season and notes that the premiership will offer more tactics-based challenges which he is happy to face.
’’Lower tiers have a lot of competition but the tactical levels are wanting. Here in the top flight, you have to be at your very best to even get a win. It is a division based on high-level tactics and that is going to be the main difference,” he adds.
Diego joins a Kisumu All Stars side that currently sits third from bottom having played 17 matches and only garnered 8 points. The side had a string of changes to its technical bench early this year relieving former head coach Henry Omino, assistant coach Andrew Aroka and goalkeeping coach Joseph Ongoro of their duties.