Club President Kalekwa reveals to Goal.com that he has no intentions of hiring a foreign coach since 'we have have a quality tactician in Ouma'Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa has hinted that the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) club could confirm assistant coach David Ouma to take charge of the side on a permanent basis.
Kalekwa who poached Ouma from (now relegated) Rangers FC at the beginning of the 2012 season, has seen the Dutch trained tactician perform admirably well as caretaker coach during two stints last season.
The first was when Salim Ali was sacked midway through the season, and then, when Englishman Stewart Hall opted to return to Tanzania towards the end of the campaign.
And in an interview with Goal.com the club owner now says he is ‘not in a hurry’ to necessarily replace Hall with a foreign tactician.
“Who says that we are in need of a coach? We have a quality tactician in David Ouma. I have full faith in him as he can do the job. Getting a new tactician is not my priority.”
When quizzed further whether his statement could mean that he would be confirming Ouma on the hot seat, he retorted “Yes, Yes, he could.”
Sofapaka finished the 2012 season in fourth position and lost out to Gor Mahia on post match penalties in a pulsating domestic Cup (FKF) final.
Kalekwa revealed that the coach had forwarded the short list of his transfer targets and he will be soon acting on it.
“We have players we are monitoring and we could land them soon.”
The club has been on a spending spree of late landing the signatures of former player Titus Mulama as well as Ugandan holding midfielder Musa Mudde.Others who have joined the club include former Sony Sugar burly forward Enock Agwanda, goal keeper Charles Ouma and defender Kennedy Otieno all from nationwide league.