Wazito FC now eye ‘Hall of fame’

Wednesday, November 27th, 2019 00:00 | By
Wazito FC forward Victor Ndinya (right) attempts to beat Kariobangi Sharks goalkeeper John Oyiemba during their league match on Monday afternoon at Machakos Stadium. Photo/SPORTPICHA/KELLY AYODI

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Wazito FC owner Ricardo Badoer is a man who believes in good football and coaches who have come short of executing the same have borne the brunt of being booted out of the club by the Swedish Investment banker. 

Granted, Wazito is one of the newly promoted sides that have had the biggest turnover of coaches with Melis Medo the latest to part ways with the high-spending team.

Many people will be surprised that for the umpteenth time, Wazito are courting another trainer, this time expatriate journey-man John Stewart Hall to replace stand-in tactician Frank Ouna who has been serving in an interim capacity after the departure of Medo.

According to impeccable reports, not that the management have done away with Ouna but the vastly experienced coach will deputise Stewart, who is touted as the perfect candidate to turn around the fortunes of the team in the KPL 2019/2020 season.

Stewart has previously coached AFC Leopards, Sofapaka, Tanzania’s Azam and St Georges of Ethiopia, among other teams, and many believe he is the man to take Wazito to the “Promised Land”.

Wazito’s performance lately has not pleased their fans but by and large, the team gave a good account of itself last weekend in a barren draw with Kariobangi Sharks with Ouna in charge.

Ouna did commend his charges for putting up a brave show against strong opponents but was non-committal on what lies ahead for the team. “I gather that a head coach is headed here any time and I won’t comment much apart from my personal opinion that the team fought hard,’’ said Ouna, whose team was still smarting from an ignominious 2-0 defeat by Kisumu All Stars going into the weekend fixture

Just like Wazito, who are placed in odd position 15 in the league chart, Sharks are feeling the heat of the top tier league and the barren draw did little to appease their fans who are still irked by the team’s 4-2 defeat by Ulinzi Stars, few hours after the team received sponsorship from Betway.

Meanwhile, table-topping Gor Mahia are relishing the prospects of winding the first leg with an unassailable lead. 

Gor rubbed salt on the wounds of Bandari, beating them 2-0 at Mbaraki Sports ground and at this rate, nothing may stop them from taking a considerable leading going into the break of the top-tier league.

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