NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 1- Kenyan Premier League side Posta Rangers has asked its head coach Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno and his assistant George Maina to ‘take leave’ for the remaining two games of the season.
Posta chair John Tonui said they allowed the two to ‘rest’ as they have not taken leave since the beginning of the season.
Asked why the coaches were asked to take leave with only two matches remaining, Tonui said; “You know anyone can take leave anytime and we allowed them to take a rest because the season has been long. We have not sacked them.”
Both Otieno and Maina were non committal when reached for comment over the same. In a short response, Otieno said, “That is an issue of the office so I wouldn’t like to comment on it,” further throwing into disarray their fate at the club.
Tonui said the contracts of the two will be reviewed at the end of the season and said chances the two will still be at the helm of the club next season ‘are high’. Otieno’s contract comes to an end in June 2017 while Maina’s ends in December.
“We will have a review of the whole season and see whether what they have done is enough for us to be with them next season, but chances are high,” the club chairman said.
Posta is currently placed eighth on the Kenyan Premier League standings with 39 pints but have only won two out of 13 second leg matches.
“We started the season very well and we were even number two at some point but now we have dropped so far. It is a concern for us as the management,” Tonui offered.
While Maina joined the mailmen in 2014, Otieno was hired by the club in August last season after leaving Sony Sugar, helping them to gain promotion to the Premier League.
Otieno started his reign on a high, seeing the side maintain a top five spot in the first leg where he was ultimately named the league’s best coach in April.
Former Posta players Pascal Ochieng and Lawrence Webo will now take charge of the team in the two remaining games away to Sony Sugar and at home to Ushuru FC.