NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7- Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo’s first task as the new head coach of Posta Rangers will be to convince striker Timothy Otieno to make permanent his loan move from Gor Mahia which expired at the end of the 2016 season.
The former FC Talanta forward was Posta’s top scorer in his season-long loan from the record 15-time Kenyan Premier League champions scoring six goals despite missing a huge chunk of the season with injury.
“He is a player we really want to keep because his quality is undoubted. When he was on the pitch you saw a different Posta from when he was not there. I have talked to him, but the final decision will be his to make. Hopefully he decides to remain,” Omollo told Capital Sport.
Meanwhile, the coach who takes over from Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno says he will not make major changes to the squad and will maintain the same team, adding he believes they have the ability to achieve the targets set by the club’s management.
He had a meeting with the players and is already excited by the enthusiasm they have exhibited as well as the hunger to do better than their 2016 fourth place finish last season.
“This is a squad well capable to challenge any top side in Kenya right now and I wouldn’t want to do any kind of overhaul. They are players who can do very well if given direction. Maybe we add three players to complement the weak areas. I am pleased with the squad and with their vision to take themselves higher next season,” Omollo added.
He will have the privilege of working with players he coached during his league winning stint at Tusker FC. Midfielders Moses Otieno, Joseph Mbugi, Jerry Santo, defenders Jockins Atudo and Charles Odette as well as striker Dennis Mukaisi all worked with him at Ruaraka in 2011.
“I can say it is quite fortunate because they are players who understand me, know what I require and know my work ethic. It is a familiar territory. I can’t say it will make things easier because times have changed, but at least it will make the work bearable,” Omollo affirmed.
The tactician says he is ready for the challenge, making a return to the Premier League after three years.
His last assignment was with Sony Sugar where he was coincidentally succeeded by Zico who he now succeeds at Posta.
In 2015, he joined his former Indian club East Bengal as assistant coach with the club winning the Indian Premier League. He returned home mid this year and has been working with Division one side Zetech University and Super Eight league side Jericho All Stars.
“I come back to the league better and wiser. The experiences I have picked up in India and just being out watching all the matches in the local league have been immense. The game is evolving everyday and it is good to have a view of every kind of playing pattern. It makes you better,” the tactician notes.
The mailmen will return to training in January where the hard work starts and he hopes just like he did with Ruaraka, he can make his new side title contenders.