Tusker FC’s sacked forward Dennis Mukaisi says he expected to be dropped by the league champions.
The Kenyan international forward - who has struggled to score goals over the past two seasons - was alongside nine of his teammates, axed by the Ruaraka-based side due to what coach Robert Matano termed as ‘below par performance.’
The former AFC Leopards striker however, claims he knew his days were numbered following the dismissal of immediate former coach Sammy 'Pumzo' Omollo.
“This (dismissal) has come as no surprise, I had seen it coming. The club wanted to release me in June this year, but they held their horses upon the advice of Pumzo (former coach). It is wrong to release a player because of injury, but I am not worried as I know my potential,” Mukaisi told Goal.com.
“The first leg was a hard experience for me as I was carrying an injury that took long to heal. Actually, against APR (Rwandan side in the African Champions League preliminary round), I played through pain.”
The speedy forward adds that he’s got no ill feeling against his former employers over the sacking.
“I have had two great seasons with them (Tusker) and winning two league trophies in three years is incredible. I have got no bitterness but to wish the team all the best in the coming season and future.”
“My time at the club was wonderful the management did what they deemed fit and I have to respect their decision. I will move on and get another club; above all I thank them for treating me till I recovered fully.”
Other players who were dismissed alongside Mukaisi include injury prone holding midfielder Crispin Olando, Nigerian import Joseph Emeka, defender David Nyanzi, Andrew Murunga, Fredrick Ajwang, Isaac Otieno, Charles Odete and Allan Katerega.