NAIROBI, Kenya, August 15- Kenya Premier League (KPL) titleholders Tusker FC sacked their head coach Sammy Omollo on Wednesday following a string of dismal results, that have dented their chances of defending the crown.
Omollo who joined the champions from relegated Mahakama FC was axed a day after the crown holders appointed Willis Waliaula formerly of league rivals Rangers FC as their team manager to replace the long-serving Neville Pudo.
The brewers are eight points adrift of league leaders AFC Leopards with 11 matches to go and have registered back to back KPL with the 1-0 defeat to Mathare on Tuesday turning out to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
“Yes we have parted ways with Omollo but I can’t really divulge much. We will update you accordingly but that was a decision that was taken last week during our meeting.
“We will be looking for a quick replacement and could bring a foreigner to boost our title defence that we are still keen on with the assistant coach George Maina will take over in acting capacity,” Sammy Musyoki, the club’s Board chairman confirmed.
Tusker’s poor run began with their early exit from the Cecafa Club Championships last month where they did not register a single win or goal in their three team Group B fixtures.
Since their return, they have been knocked out of the KPL Top 8 tournament having lost in 4-0 aggregate to Gor Mahia in the semi final before suffering the shock loss to Mathare.
Omollo a former player at the club when they reached the finals of the CAF cup winners Cup in 1994 is credited with lifting the league title last year but they have been struggling up to get the goals upfront as he seemed to have lost the dressing room in recent days.
The club recently lost their speedy winger Paul Were to league rivals Ingwe which greatly depleted their attacking line.
Omollo has previously coached the defunct Pipeline between 2003 and 2004 before moving to his former club, Gor Mahia, where he was in charge for two seasons up to 2006.He then to Mahakama in 2007 where he was relegated with them in 2010 but was unveiled as the Tusker FC coach last season.