The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Former Leopards Coach On Stima List

After Leonard Saleh made a last-minute turnaround and opted out of the running for the position of head coach at Kenya Premier League side Western Stima, it has emerged former AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops is among four applicants who have applied for the position left vacant by the departure of Henry Omino.

"As per now, we haven't appointed our new coach. We have so far four applicants and I believe whoever will be picked will be mandated to carry on with the recruitment exercised. We don't want to interfere with his work .We want to avoid a situation where he will later turn an accusing finger on the executive for interfering with his job," said Stima chairman Laban Jobita.

Other applicants are Paul Nkata from Uganda, Francis Barasa formerly of Sony Sugar and Yusuf Chippo who is the technical director of Ulinzi Stars.

Jobita disclosed that whoever will be picked will be the man mandated to conduct the player' recruitment exercise.

The Stima boss also revealed that the club was keen on bringing on board a local coach who stands a better chance of improving the standing of the Kakamega based side.

So far Stima have released two players David Otieno who has joined Gor Mahia and Justin Monda now at reigning KPL champions Tusker.

Reports have also surfaced linking Stima players Alloys Mangi and Ali Bhai to moves to the Coast to join newly promoted side Bandari.

"If there is any player rumoured to have left our team apart from the two (Otieno and Monda), then I don't know. As per now, I have only released those two players since we have completed negotiations with their new clubs." stated Jobita.

Stima finsihed just outside the top eight at posiotn ninth missing out on the lucratiev KPL Top 8 tournament.

Meanwhile Tusker beat Yanga 1-0 in a friendly match in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday.

New signing Ismael Dunga scored the lone goal in the 53rd minute via a penalty after he was brought down in the box.

Tusker are in Tanzania to play in the Mapinduzi Cup as build up matches ahead of the start of the KPL in February and the CAF champions league qualifiers.

Tusker are slated to play Simba in the tournament that runs from January 2- 12. Other teams in the tournament are Azam FC and teams from Zanzibar.

Tusker coach Robert Matano expects a competitive tournament and said it will be good preparation for the club ahead of a busy 2013.

"This tournament will be ideal for u. We have a busy year and I want to see how the new players are shaping up," Matano said.

Tusker have signed Michael Olunga, Bright Jeremiah, Ugandans Robert Omnuk, Andrew Sekayomya, Khalid Awuton and Martin Kiiza, Jesse Were, Andrew Tololwa, Titus Wamalwa, Victor Maji, Edwin Ombasa, Justin Monda, Ishmael Dunga, Moses Arita, Abraham Cokie.

The players Tusker have released include Obadiah Ndege, Crispin Olando, Dennis Mukaisi, Joseph Emeka, Patrick Kagogo, Joackins Atudo, David Nyanzi, Frederick Ojwang', Isaac Otieno, Charles Odette, Allan Katerega, Andrew Murunga.

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