Tusker go for Portuguese coach Almeida as replacement for sacked Sammy Omollo

Club chairman confirms that the Portuguese coach is among the seven shortlisted for the vacant job and the appointment could be done soon
A day after they sacked title winning coach Sammy Omollo, Tusker FC has shortlisted seven foreign coaches as they seek for a replacement.

Club chairman James Musyoki revealed exclusively to Goal.com that Portuguese coach Eduardo Filipe Arroja Almeida is one of those being considered to take over the position but added the final decision will come from the club’s board of directors.

He did not name the rest. Almeida had early this year applied to head the national youth coaching role at the Football Kenya Federation but was not successful.

Tusker, it is said got details of the Portuguese from the local federation and are interested in hiring the services of the former coach of Tanzania side African Lyon.

“It is true we are looking at various CVs of foreign coaches we are interested in. We have seven who we are going through their papers and we will release their names soon. But that does not mean we have shut the doors for local coaches,” said Musyoki.

Musyoki confirmed Almeida is one of the coaches they are considering. And the Portuguese also confirmed having heard of the vacancy at Tusker and said he would be interested to take up the position if approached.

“At this point there is nothing concrete. I have heard there is a position but I can only give details once we start talking (with Tusker),” said Almeida.

Should Tusker sign a foreigner, they will be the third KPL side to do so after AFC Leopards who have Dutchman Jan Koops and Gor Mahia who are tutored by Croatian Zdravko Logarusic.

Omollo was fired just a day after long serving team manager Neville Pudo who was also once a player at Tusker, was shown the door and replaced by former Rangers TM Willys Waliaula.