Western Stima boss Laban Jobita says the club's hierarchy settled on coach Francis Baraza to spearhead the club to the next level, after his past record proved the best amongst all the applicants.
The former Sony Sugar tactician and assistant coach of the national team (Harambee Stars), has been appointed to take charge of the Western Kenya-based team on a two year contract ahead of the 2013 Kenyan Premier League season.
"I believe in the coach and his methods, his credentials were also very impressive, he has won the Kenyan Premier League before, and managed the national team," Jobita revealed to Goal.com.
Baraza beat a congested field of six applicants for the post including immediate former AFC Leopards tactician Jan Koops and Ugandan Paul Nkata. He replaces veteran tactician Henry Omino who according to Jobita, was sacked after 'failing to meet club's expectations.'
Jobita also revealed that the coach will have a free hand in all the team's engagements, including the departures and acquisitions within the playing staff.
Baraza confirmed to Goal.com that he was taking up the task and promised to deliver a top finish next season. "Yes I have been appointed the coach of Western Stima and my immediate plan is to recruit top class players' who can deliver a top eight finish next season...that is my target for now."
His appointments comes after another tactician Leonard Saleh turned down a decision to join the club opting instead, to take over at relegated side Rangers FC.