Nsimbe past his best as Tusker sends head coach home

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Ugandan coach George “Best” Nsimbe has been axed as head coach of Kenyan Premier League defending champions Tusker FC.

While Tusker management stated the coach had just been asked to step aside, credible sources within the club indicate they are already scouting for a replacement with AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano topping the list while there is also talk that director of youth development Leonard Odipo is also a contender.

Nsimbe leaves the club just ten months after he took over from countryman Paul Nkata who led the side to winning the league last season, ending a three year dominance by Gor Mahia.

An erratic season it has been on the pitch by the club coupled by dressing room infighting which has seen the club relinquishing the title which seems headed back to Gor Mahia.

After winning a double last season-the league and cup titles, it has been a horrid season for Tusker from the opening day of the league when they were hammered 5-1 by newcomers Nzoia United. They have never recovered since then. They were also knocked out of the GOTv Shield by lower league side Vihiga United in August.

“You can see from the results. Nothing seems to be working. We have been forced to ask him to stand aside until the end of the season when we will have a review of his performance and make a decision,” said Tusker Chief Executive Officer Charles Obiny.

Obiny was missing from last weekend’s game against Muhoroni Youth which the champions won 4-0.

 

In his absence, deputy Francis Baraza has taken charge of training and will be in control in the remaining league games.
Nsimbe had signed a two year contract with Tusker in January as he promised to lead the club to greater success. They could not go past the preliminary round of the Africa Champions League and have been in the mid table for the better part of the season.
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