Newly appointed Sony F.C. tactician, Leonard Odipo has thanked the Sugar miller for appointing him the club’s Head Coach.
Odipo who until his appointment was Tusker F.C Team Manager (TM) also thanked the management of his former club for giving him an opportunity “to serve in one of the best clubs in the region.”
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) License ‘A’ holder joined Tusker at the beginning of 2014 as an assistant coach to Francis Kimanzi before being moved to the TM’s docket following Kimanzi’s exit.
And, Odipo who has taken over at the Awendo-based side said he was thankful for the chance to manage the club.
“I’m more than grateful for the trust the Sony Sugar management has put in me,” said Odipo in an interview with KNA on Monday.
“As I settle in on my new job, I also want to thank Tusker for giving me an opportunity to serve in one of the best clubs in the region”, added the former Kibera Celtic tactician.
In addition, the tactician said that his immediate objective was to kick off pre-season training ahead of the 2016 SportPesa Premier (SPL) league scheduled to kick off in February.
“My immediate task is to make sure the team undergoes a good pre-season then the rest will fall into place as we proceed”, said Odipo.
The tactician will be assisted by Salim Babu, who has been the acting coach since the sacking of Zedekiah ‘Zico’ Otieno following a series of unimpressive results.
Last week Sony Sugar Chairperson, Paul Orato confirmed that the two tacticians would be working together saying “Salim will not be sidelined following Odipo’s arrival.”
And added he; “Yes we have appointed Odipo as our new coach to lead us in the 2016 season. We are yet to discuss the length of the contract but we have reached an agreement.
“Salim has done a wonderful job and he will still serve as the assistant coach. Yes he could have been our next coach but he does not have specific qualifications which he is almost getting,” explained Orato.
It is believed that Odipo beat former Kakamega Homeboyz and Western Stima tactician, Hesbon Nyabinge to the job, with sources also saying that former Mathare United Head Coach Stanley Okumbi was also being considered for the post but failed to apply for the job.
Okumbi has since told journalists that he is taking a sabbatical from top flight football.
By Barry Otieno