KPL Champions Sofapaka suspend Coaches

Oct 09, 2010

A new turn of events has thrown a twist to the eagerly awaited clash between Kenya and Uganda. With just a few hours to the match, impeccable sources have confirmed that Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa has indeed suspended the team’s technical bench in a move reminiscent of Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic’s frequent run-ins with his team managers.

Kalekwa is reported to have suspended Uganda-born coach Sam Ssimbwa and his assistant coach Bobby Ogolla for one month following a string of poor results in the Kenya Premier League. 

In the meantime, Ezekiel Akwana, who turned out for a number of Premier League sides in the late 90s and early 2000s including AFC Leopards, Mathare United and the defunct Oserian Fastac will take charge for the reminder of the season.

It will be remembered that former Sofapaka coach Robert Matano was similarly fired at the beginning of the season by the moneyed Congolese businessman. Ssimbwa’s perceived cockiness has not endeared him in the least to Kenyan football fans, most notably those drawn from AFC Leopards.

Coincidently the two teams will on Sunday perform the house-mopping act after the titanic clash between Kenya and Uganda at the Nyayo National Stadium in the semi-final of the FKL Cup. The match will be watershed point for the two teams who will be desperate to cling on the silverware after dropping out of the league title chase.

In the other semifinal match on the same day, West Kenya welcomes Karuturi Sport to Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium. The final of the Cup is lasted for October 20 with a place in the CAF Confederations Cup at stake.

In other unrelated developments, the Kenya Premier League secretariat has moved from Nyayo Stadium’s Riadha House to the leafy and more serene Brookside Groove off Waiyaki Way.

Steve Omondi

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