Will Wazito’s weight be felt?
As Wazito FC is set to unveil immediate former national football team Harambee Stars coach Francis Kimanzi as their new Head Coach this morning, the moneybags are also keen to write history in the forthcoming Kenya Premier League.
The team that has featured in the top flight league twice has had mixed results, first being relegated in their first attempt and last season despite breaking the bank to sign a number of quality players, ended up finishing the league 13th.
Owned by Swedish businessman Ricardo Badoer, the team has spent even more this year, bringing in a crop of players they believe can help them win the local title, but the big question remains, will they be able to emulate the stunts displayed by Chelsea and Manchester City in the English Premier League, where the club owners decided to spend a fortune and made the sides great within a short term.
Wazito who recently got rid of coach Fred Ambani who was recently sacked for losing a preseason friendly match to fellow league side Zoo FC, brought in 15 new players and axed another 14 before the window closed, to bolster the squad, but it will be wait and see if the available playing unit will work well with Kimanzi, despite the fact that he did not have any hand in selecting his preferred players for the task ahead.
The Club Management have been accused of high handedness and abuse of contracts with several players having taken legal action against them, some winning the battle.
The biggest capture for them is the speedy Gor Mahia winger Boniface Omondi who rejected a contract renewal with the 18 time Champions at the end of his term.
Another exciting group of players brought in include solid Western Stima central defender Maurice Ojwang, much travelled offensive player Kevin Kimani from Mathare United and AFC Leopards talismanic attacker Vincent Oburu.
At the same time they let go key players like striker Derrick Otanga to league rivals KCB FC, veteran midfielder Eric Ochien’g, goalkeeper Stephen Njunge to Nairobi City Stars and former Tusker captain Llyod Wahome.