KCB fire coach Abdallah

By nesta kizito
Apr 14, 2021
  • Former KCB coach Juma Abdalla.(Photo by Shutterspeed)

KCB coach Juma Abdallah is the latest casualty of the Kenyan Premier League tacticians’ revolving doors.

Following the team’s horrendous start to the new season that was aggravated by Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Bandari at City Stadium, the club late on Sunday evening made the decision to part ways with the beleaguered coach.

Abdallah’s sacking has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks during which the club that finished fourth last season has failed to register a single win in nine outings.

Late on Saturday after the team’s loss to Bandari, word started doing the rounds on social media that the coach had been sacked although the club through its Chairman George Odhiambo was quick dispel the rumours.

“We have not reached that point yet (of sacking Abdallah). The results have not been good but for the time being Abdallah remains the coach,” Odhiambo told sportsnewsarena.com immediately after the match.

However, all that turned out to be a public relations gimmick as it emerged late on Monday evening that the coach and his deputy Jeremy Owuor had actually been fired. Abdallah confirmed the development which he termed as ‘unfortunate’ even hinting that certain people within the technical bench had made his work very difficult.

Club’s fortunes

“It’s true that the club has sacked me. It’s very unfortunate because I believe given more time I would have eventually turned around the club’s fortunes.

There are also some people who were undermining me on the technical bench,” Abdallah told sportsnewsarena.com.

At the end of the match against Bandari, a dejected Abdallah was at pains explaining himself, only saying that he would sit down his players and assess the situation at the club.

The club’s decision brings to an end a bitter-sweet relationship between the bankers and the outspoken coach. Abdallah joined the club at the beginning of last season and guided the team to its best ever finish in the league - a fourth place behind Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Sofapaka.

For the remarkable performance, Abdallah was voted KPL Coach of the Year but mass exodus of players, including 2013 KPL Player of the Year, Jacob Keli, midfielder of the year Brian Osumba and Clifford Alwanga greatly depleted the team.

Abdallah becomes the sixth coach to be fired this season following the dismissals of Francis Baraza (Western Stima), Oliver Page (Top Fry), Salim Ali (Ulinzi Stars), Robinson Ofuokwo (City Stars) and James Nandwa (AFC Leopards).