City Stars bids goodbye to exiting Bosnian tactician
Sanjin Alagic has left his role as head coach of Nairobi City Stars at the expiry of his contract.
The Uefa Pro licensed Bosnian passes on the baton to his assistant John Amboko.
Alagic joined Simba wa Nairobi in July 2019 for one season initially and returned to lead the team in their first season in the top-flight following after winning the 2019/2020 National Super League.
His contract lapsed at the close of June 2021, but chose to handle three more games against Wazito, Ulinzi Stars and champions Gor Mahia on Saturday 17 July that ended 1-1 as he finalised his transition.
His exit comes at a time when there are seven more games to conclude the current 2020/21 season that, had circumstances been normal, could have wrapped by the time his contract ended in June.
Confirming Alagic’s departure, Simba wa Nairobi owner and chairperson Jonathan Jackson said: “I very much thank Sanjin for his passion and dedication in his professional approach to managing a team from the bottom of the super league to one of the top teams in the premier league,”
He added:“I greatly admire his personal engagement with the players, supporting and encouraging them individually and as a team which resulted in a very strong bond and unity among the players,”
“Sanjin fitted perfectly to our puzzle and he brought professionalism to the coaching department.
I wish him great further success in the future building and managing winning teams,” stated Jonathan.
On his part, Alagic said of club supporters: “I am writing this to inform all of our fans that after two wonderful years with Nairobi City Stars, it is time for me to go home.
I am hugely proud that I have been here for so long, when most coaches tend to change every six months. I wanted to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for your support.
The past two years have been amazing and amongst the most intense in my career. I have spent too much time away from home.
If the situation was different and my family was with me, maybe I wouldn’t be writing this statement, however it is time for me to return and spend time with them.”