(Courtesy of starAfrica.com)
Sacked Harambee Stars coach Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno has resumed training with his Kenya club Gor Mahia.
Zico presence in the team is expected to spark more protest after he was hounded out of the team last month by fans who demanded his replacement after the team posted poor results.
During his last match against Congo United last month, he had to run for his dear life after aggrieved fans pelted him with stones and bottles on his way to the dressing room after the match. The club later paid heavily after the Kenya Premier League (KPL) disciplinary body fined the club heavily before slapping a one match ban to play in an empty stadium.
Club assistant secretary Ronald Ngala told Star Africa that he was not aware of Zico’s presence in the team. ’It seem’s you reporters are well informed than me. I didn’t know Zico has resumed training but if that is true, we do welcome him back. What I know is that he had asked for leave which we granted” said Ngala.
Zico who has been doubling up as Harambee Stars coach until last week when he was relieved of his duties said he was focusing on the two remaining matches.
He spoke at the Nairobi City Stadium after conducting the afternoon training session, Zico disclosed that contrary to what people were saying, he was not sacked in the National team since he was contracted by Harambee Stars Management Board (HSMB) to handle the team on a temporary basis until they get another coach.
‘Whoever is saying I was sacked got it wrong. I was contracted to steer the team on a temporary basis until when the board was able to hire another coach. There was no written agreement or contract to that matter. I was just told to step aside since they got another coach which to me is in order” said Zico.
He observed that he will now get adequate time to concentrate with his club where his main target is to collect six maximum points in their two remaining matches.