Tusker coach promises to rebuild team for next season

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The former Kenyan defender confounded many when he quit his head coach position at Chemelil Sugar to join the brewers

Tusker caretaker coach Francis Baraza has vowed to help the team win titles next season.

The former Kenyan international defender confounded many when he quit his head coach position at Chemelil Sugar to take up Tusker FC's assistant coaching role at the end of 2016 season.

His spell, however, saw the team surrender league title to Gor Mahia, a precedent that culminated in George Nsimbe's ouster paving way for Baraza to reign in the last eight matches.

“I had a good time at Chemelil Sugar and we performed well as a team, finishing in the highest position ever since the club was promoted. So when many people thought and wanted me to stay, I saw fresh and bigger challenge at Tusker and that is why I decided to join the brewers albeit as an assistant coach.

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“I had the chance to learn under a more experienced coach and even though things did not turn out so well for the team we managed to salvage what we could.

“Now the Tusker assignment is even bigger but I’m up to the task. I'm ready to give my best and this award goes a long way in helping me say that. The team pulled together and thanks to the joint effort I have this award.”

At Chemelil, he had also been crowned August 2016 Coach of the Month and he joins Western Stima's Henry Omino as the only tacticians to have won the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month gong more than once since its inception at the beginning of 2016.

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