Ouna convinced KCB will excel after experiencing Wazito struggles


(FILES)Wazito FC coach Frank Ouna prays during their National Super League match against GFE ...
(FILES)Wazito FC coach Frank Ouna prays during their National Super League match against GFE FC at the Camp Toyoyo stadium,Nairobi on May 26, 2017. Wazito FC won 2-1. Photo/ Oliver Ananda/www/Sportpicha

In Summary

  • Despite failing to secure a place for Wazito FC in the 2018-2019 Kenyan Premier League season, head Frank Ouna is confident of a successful campaign with his new side KCB
  • The former Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia assistant coach guided Wazito to their maiden KPL berth after finishing second in the National Super League (NSL) during the 2017 season, but could not survive the heat of the top tier
  • At the end of the 2018 KPL season, Wazito had amassed only 31 points from 34 outings, finishing 17th hence direct relegation alongside Thika United who were last

Despite failing to secure a place for Wazito FC in the 2018-2019 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season, head coach Frank Ouna is confident of a successful campaign with his new side KCB.

The former Harambee Stars and Gor Mahia assistant coach guided Wazito to KPL with a second place finish in the National Super League (NSL) during the 2017 season, but could not survive the heat of the top tier.

At the end of the 2018 KPL season, Wazito had amassed only 31 points from 34 outings, finishing 17th hence direct relegation alongside Thika United who were last.

On the other hand, KCB had just sealed a KPL return by finishing second in NSL, behind champions Western Stima. Bearing in mind the bankers finished with a caretaker manager Elvis Ayany after the dismissal of John Kamau, it was easy to predict another tactician would be hired, and it turned to be Ouna.

The very fresh relegation experience with a side Ouna helped make a KPL debut is not bothering him though, as he offers, Wazito had several limitations.

“We had a good squad but players were being poached to other clubs due to lack of money. It is difficult to build a team when the club is financially unstable, but now I have joined KCB and I hope things will be different, I will do my best to fight for the title.

“I have committed myself to a two-year contract and excited about the move. This is a big club that is capable of achieving greater things. I do a project here without worrying about other clubs coming to poach my players and members of technical bench,” Ouna told Citizen Digital.

With just under two months remaining to the new season, the coach plans to start his preseason training on Saturday October 27, despite the short time the players had after the just concluded season.

Ouna is also looking forward to the transfer window which swings open on October 29, aiming to strengthen his squad for the big stage.

Despite relegation, Wazito management acknowledged Ouna did his best, noting his story at the club will be ever read with admiration.

“The management has reviewed his (Ouna) request and painfully accepted it. He has been very instrumental at Wazito earning the team a maiden promotion to 2018 KPL season.

“The entire Wazito board and management wish him the best of luck in his endeavors. Wazito will always remain his home,” read part of the club statement.

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