22 February 2013

Kenya: Zed Otieno Takes Over Mahakama and Promises Good Results

Zedekia Otieno has been confirmed as the new coach of Nationwide League side, Mahakama, taking over from Ezekiel 'Sacchi' Akwana who was dismissed last month.

Zico said he has been working with the team for the last two weeks now and was in the process of finalising the squad ahead of the season.

The judiciary outfit are seeking go return to the top flight league four years after they were relegated from the Kenya Premier League for a second time having earned promotion twice in 2007 and 2009.

"It is true I am now in charge at Mahakama. I have been working with the players for the last two weeks now as we look forward to the new season. I am impressed with the level of dedication and determination shown by the players since I took charge," said Zico.

While refusing to divulge the details of his contract with the club, Zico confirmed he was yet to get an assistant to work with." But that is not the priority right now as the club is preparing for the start of the Nationwide League season which kicks off mid next month," he said, adding, "The club is yet to second an assistant coach so currently I am working on my own. But the most important thing is that we have the support of the management," he explained.

The former Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar tactician had taken a two month sabbatical from football as he unsuccessfully attempted to wade into the murky world of politics.

Zico who two years ago was named the SOYA Coach of the Year, stated that his short time objective is to improve on the club's fourth place finish but opined that a shot at promotion into the KPL will not be beyond them.

"Our target first of all is to try and improve and depending on how things go, we will know if we can make a realistic attempt at getting the team back into the Premier League," said Otieno

Mahakama lost three key players including veteran midfielder Edward Kauka, forward Oscar Pilipili and left back Collins Omondi to their main rivals for the promotion slot Posta Rangers.

The team, however, managed to hold onto their more experienced players like former Chemelil Sugar duo of captain Aggrey Mukwambo and striker Milton Kidiga both of whom were part of the history making Mahakama team that first gained an entry into the top flight league in 2007.

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