A day after Collins Okoth hang boots, several stakeholders have reacted with AFC coach Jan Koops yet to come to terms with the developmentA day after Kenyan international Collins 'Gattuso' Okoth retired from football, various stakeholders have registered their 'surprise' to the move.
The stocky defensive minded midfielder, was heralded as one of the most talented players in his position in the country, but curved a reputation as a trouble some character at all his work stations, a situation that culminated in his sacking at KPL side Sofapaka FC early this week, after which he decided to quit the game.
AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops, who has retained a long standing interest in the former Gor Mahia player, is still trying to come to terms with the development.
"This is very shocking. He is one of the players I seriously considered signing during the mid season window, though we ended up getting another equally quality player ( Florent Ndayisaba). He has attributes that not very many players posses locally. I am not privy to what is going on but it would be a big blow (to Kenyan football) if he stuck to his (retirement) guns."
Former Gor Mahia and Harambee Stars coach Zedekiah 'Zico' Otieno says the player needed to be appreciated more.
"Gattuso is a very talented but temperamental player". I can liken him to Tevez (Carlitos) or Barton (Joey), he needs extra attention and concentration to deliver, I was starting to understand him but unfortunately I left the club."
Collins immediate former employers, Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa says the current turn of events is 'unfortunate'.
"He (Gattuso) severally broke the conduct rules. We had no choice but to arrive at the decision (sack him), its unfortunate the ways things have turned out but we wish him well in future."
Gor Mahia Secretary General George Bwana, who briefly interacted with the player before his release at the club early this year, has asked the current football administrators to join hands and tackle what he says is 'discipline cases' amongst players.
"I have worked with the player before and I can assure you that it was a challenging period. I believe we need to avoid such incidents happening in Kenyan football by mapping out ways of instilling discipline amongst players from a tender age. I am informed that those who try out their careers abroad have failed to settle because they cannot maintain the high discipline standards."