The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Pascal in Dilemma

Former Rangers FC captain Pascal Ochieng is contemplating making a return to the Kenyan Premier League as his future as a player with Tanzanian league champions Simba looks to have come to a short and ignominious end.

Pascal, who left the country surreptitiously to join the Tanzanian giants, just weeks after leaving Rangers for Kenya Premier League side, AFC Leopards revealed that all is not rosy in his relationship with the Dar-es-Salaam-based side even as newspaper reports revealed that he had been sacked.

"I cannot say for certain where I will be. The Tanzanian league is now on recess and maybe when the season resumes in January, I will know for certain where I stand with the club," said Ochieng, who is back in the country on holiday.

Sources privy to the ongoing between the club and Pascal intimated that Simba were disappointed that the towering defender ostensibly did not meet their expectations and they had little option but to end his contract with the club.

Indeed, reports late last month in Tanzania indicated that Pascal together with fellow foreigners in the team, Komambil Keita of Mali and Daniel Akuffo from Ghana--had been released from their contracts.

The player himself, though not expressly, was coy to divulge the current status in his relationship with the Dar giants, instead saying, he too was uncertain of his future.

He said he does not know whether he will be returning to the local scene or not, with all largely dependent on the ongoing talks between him and his advisers on the one hand and Simba on the other.

"As far as I am concerned, I am talking to Simba and until they terminate my contract, I will still consider myself their player," he said.

The international defender said he still harbours hopes of featuring for the national soccer team, Harambee Stars and congratulated the Kenyan side for finishing second in the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, Uganda recently.

"It's a long time since a Kenyan team reached a final of the tournament and that in itself is an achievement even if they did not win," he opined.

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