By Otieno Otieno
Sacked AFC Leopards tactician Tom Olaba insists he is unaware of his dismissal as reports emerged that Serbian Zeljko Markov was headed to Kenya to replace him.
A source, who sought anonymity, confirmed that Markov, who was among eight foreign coaches eying the job at the club, was likely to be appointed as Olaba's assistant.
"Olaba has been demoted to the assistant coaching role and when the Serbian puts pen to paper a deal to coach Ingwe, he (Serbian) will be the head and Olaba his assistant alongside John Busolo. Nicholas Muyoti, will be redeployed to the team manager's role," added the source.
Olaba was on Tuesday adamant that he had been fired despite confirmation by the club’s top management that the coach has been recalled back to Nairobi. The embattled Olaba insisted he was in Mumias with the team preparing for Wednesday’s mid-week fixture against Homeboyz.
“I am not aware of my sacking. I am in Mumias with the team and desire to be left alone to concentrate on upcoming matches starting with Homeboyz,” he told Goal.com.
"I strongly believe that a big club like AFC Leopards have protocol when it comes to hiring and firing of coaches. The top brass is yet to inform me on the same so I still continue to discharge my duties."
Olaba also declined to comment on reasons behind the team’s poor start to the season insisting he was engaged. "We have two crucial fixtures coming up and it will not make sense for me to discuss past matches but remain focused on the task ahead."
The club's vice-chairman Walter Onyino said on Wednesday that Olaba was asked to leave the team in the hands of assistant coaches John Busolo and Nicholas Muyoti for upcoming matches against Homeboyz on Wednesday and KCB on Saturday
"We have recalled the coach back to Nairobi to protect him from the fans who have threatened to harm him. He is still a member of our staff and we have to do everything possible to keep him safe," he told Goal.com.