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Struggling Police fire Pamzo, hire Baraza to save sinking shape

Sammy Omollo on the touchline for Police FC
  • Kenya Police have lost back to back matches
  • Assistant coach Musa Otieno resigned
  • Coach Sammy Omollo was fired on Tuesday

Flailing Kenya Police FC have sacked head coach Sammy Omollo after a spate of poor results in the FKF Premier League and appointed former Chemelil Sugar coach Francis Baraza.

Baraza was introduced to the team at their training ground on Tuesday and is expected to officially take charge of the team’s training program from Wednesday evening.

The tactician joins the team just less than two months after leaving Tanzanian Premier League side Kagera Sugar. He had also previously coached at another Tanzanian side, Biashara United.

Despite heavy investment in the squad in transfers, Police have struggled to get results and have lost their first two matches of the season.

According to sources, the results in the team have disappointed the top management who have demanded an improvement especially weighing up with the investment put in the squad.

Management not happy with results

Police celebrate a goal

“The management was not happy with the results. It was just a matter of time before the coach was fired. Musa (Otieno) had already foreseen the situation and decided to resign before the axe fell,” a source at the club told SportsLeo.

Otieno resigned from his role as assistant coach on Saturday, immediately after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Kakamega Homeboyz. They had started their campaign with a similar scoreline loss against KCB and another defeat was surely detrimental.

Police signed some of the best players from last season and before the campaign began, set up their pre-season training camp in Kigali, Rwanda. However, they have struggled to impress.

They now hope that Baraza will bring in a new lease of life at the club and turn their results around. Baraza has worked in Kenya, coaching Chemelil Sugar and Sony Sugar both of which are now defunct as well Tusker FC where he was an assistant coach.

He is already looking to settle down in Nairobi after arriving from Tanzania.

City Stars also struggling 

Action between City Stars and Tusker

Meanwhile, City Stars also find themselves in tough waters with three losses back to back. Simba wa Nairobi have lost against Bidco, Tusker FC and FC Talanta and sit bottom of the pile.

Pressure is mounting on coach Nicholas Muyoti after the disastrous start, despite having performed well last season. Muyoti is however confident that his side will come good.

“We have had a very shaky start to the season but if you look at our squad we have a very new team. But, I am sure that we will catch up soon. The players will get used to the tempo of the Premier League and we will come off well,” the tactician said.

City Stars were forced to make do with a younger, inexperienced squad after a change in financials from their team owner meant they had to lose a huge chunk of the senior experienced players. They signed younger players from lower tier leagues to take them through the season.

Muyoti says he will hold belief in the young squad and has stated in the next month or two, they will be a stronger fit.

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