Sacked Tusker FC coach Sammy "Pamzo" Omollo says differences between the technical bench and the club’s board contributed to his dismisal.
Omollo who led Tusker to winning the 2011 Kenyan Premier League title was fired just a day after his side lost by a solitary goal to Mathare United in a league match.
According to Omollo, his questioning about how the club let go some key players during the June transfer window had created a big rift between himself and the management who were just waiting for an excuse to kick him out. Tusker lost Paul Were to AFC Leopards, Brian Mandela to South Africa side Santos and Jerry Santos to Tanzania side Coastal Union.
However, he says he was totally against the sale of the players who he said he was building a team around. “All that Were wanted was an increment in his wages. He never wanted to leave the club. But he never got what he had asked for and decided to quit the club. I felt let down because I was building a team around him," Omollo told Goal.com.
"It is a sad way to exit my job but I accept the decision. However, it not because of performance. We lost some key players who I was building a team around them. Players like Paul Were and Brian Mandela were key, yet we let them go without blinking an eye," said Omollo.
"Performance may have played a role, but it is just an excuse. From where we are, Tusker can easily recover and win the league. Look at all the top five teams, they have all gone through a rough patch and Tusker's is not unique," he stated.
Omollo has been replaced by his assistant George Maina on temporary basis. Tusker are third in the KPL with 36 points from 19 games, eight points behind leaders AFC Leopards.