Posta Rangers' Otieno named April coach of the month

By alex wafula
May 10, 2016
  • Zedekiah Otieno, the Posta Rangers FC head coach receives his cheque from Fidelity Insurance marketing and Development manager Richard Marsin.(Photo:SJAK)

Zedekiah Otieno, the Posta Rangers FC head coach has been named the Sports Journalists Association of Kenya/Fidelity Insurance coach of the month for April.

Otieno becomes the third recipient of the award after Francis Kimanzi of Mathare United bagged the inaugural award in February while Ivan Minnaert, coach of AFC Leopards picked the second award in March. Fondly referred as Zico, the coach led Rangers to a fine run of form last month.

They managed to collect 11 points out of a possible 15 with three wins and two draws. They started the month with a draw away to Bandari before recovering with a 1-0 win over Ulinzi Stars.

He went on to travel to Mombasa where he picked a point against a highly fancied Bandari then finished off in style with back to back 1-0 wins over Tusker and Ushuru.

“Towards the end of match we had a bad spell because we had several of our key players out injured but when they managed to come back, the results changed,” Otieno said. On his award:

“I am very pleased to be here receiving this award but it is because of collective team effort straight from the players to the other members of the technical bench and our sponsors who have worked round the clock to see that we are comfortable,” the tactician added.

Rangers third 

Rangers are currently placed third on the SportPesa-sponsored Kenyan Premier League table with 21 points, three short of leaders Tusker FC.

Otieno believes they have what it takes to win the league this year having gained promotion back to top flight after two years in the cold.

He is however quick to state as a team, it was nowhere near their target at the start of the season.

“There is no pressure to win the league because when I joined Rangers there were some agreements between me and the management and we are still working within that agreement. We are not saying we are going to win the league and from the start that was not our target. But If the opportunity comes we have the quality players and we can go all the way,” he said.

Rangers’ next assignment will be at home to a tricky Chemelil Sugar side and Otieno whose side has lost only once this season hopes they can continue with the good run.

“Our objective always has been to win each match that comes our way. But the league is tough and every team is tough so we are going to give our best knowing Chemelil is not a walkover,” Otieno, who has also coached Chemelil before said.

The coach is also keen to strengthen the team during the next transfer window in June and he hopes he will manage to keep hold of on-form striker Timothy Otieno who is on loan from Gor Mahia.

The defending champions are said to be keen on recalling the striker who has been on a roll so far scoring five goals.