Kenyan Premier League side Wazito has sent a dozen players packing as they seek to bolster their squad for the coming season.
This comes barely a day after Wazito parted ways with head coach Stewart Hall.
Among the players released are the four foreign imports, who were brought on board at the beginning of last season to spike the side’s performance in the KPL. They include Augustine Otu, Piscas Kirenge, Issifou Bourahana, and Paul Acquah.
Even though the club’s chief executive officer, Dennis Gicheru, attributes the current development to financial implications of the coronavirus, plans to overhaul the squad had been hinted at much earlier by president Ricardo Bodoer who said that they would offloading unnecessary baggage.
“It has become unsustainable to keep the foreign players at the club with the current tough economic times. We have laid off 12 players but we are yet to decide the number of new recruits. The technical bench has recommended names that should be pursued and hopefully, we will complete their transfers when the window opens,” said the former skipper at the club.
Liberian Augustine Otu and Togolese Issifou Bourahana both joined the club in January mid-season transfer window having previously featured for Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) FC and Ethiopian-based St Georges FC respectively.
Ghanaian Aquah among the casualties
Ghanaian import Acquah penned a deal in January last year while Congolese Kirenge joined in June 2018 from Sofapaka.
They will be joined on their way out by local players Victor Ndinya, Teddy Osok, Derrick Otanga and goalkeepers Steven Njung’e and Kevin Omondi.
Schoolboy Benson Omalla together with Fidel Origa and Maurice OJwang’ all of whom featured for Western Stima last season could be on their way to the side.
Gicheru also revealed that assistant coach Fred Ambani has been elevated as head coach head coach following the departure of Stewart Hall. Ambani guided the club to KPL promotion in the 2018-2019 season, but was briefly axed only to return in February as Hall’s assistant.
Unconfirmed reports indicate that former Bandari coach Bernard Mwalala is being considered as a suitable replacement.
“Hall is also leaving and we thank him for his services. We were in talks with a number of coaches but Ambani will lead the technical bench going forward,” he stated.