Tusker caretaker coach Francis Baraza has hinted at making the team predominantly weaved around upcoming players in the 2018 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) season. Baraza said he will apply the policy he enacted at his former club Sony Sugar and which produced results worth writing home about.
“There is a lot of great talent out there at the grassroots including Secondary Schools and I will be steadfast in grooming greenhorns who will become great players at Tusker,” said Baraza.
However, Baraza was quick to clarify that he will sprinkle the squad with few established players ostensibly for them to give guidance to the upcoming lot as the team strives to bounce back from its odd sixth placing in the 2017 SPL.
“We cannot entirely make do without experienced players as they have one or two things up their sleeves which the young ones can learn from. But, you know, what is on my mind is giving more young players a chance,” said Baraza. Apparently, the tactician’s remarks comes in the wake of the restructuring process made by the Tusker management in which nine players were off-loaded after the team recorded a disappointing 2017 season.
Among those dropped are Anthony Ndolo, Victor Ndinya, George Mandela and Danson Kago. Other senior players including Allan Wanga, Humphrey Mieno, James Situma and Cercidy Okeyo all had their contracts expire amidst impeccable reports that the management was not keen on renewing them.
Baraza, a Scotland-trained tactician holds a CAF Level ‘A’ Licence, believes he has the credentials to steer the team to high heights if given a chance to continue with the coaching job which he took over from Ugandan George ‘Best’ Nsimbe early this year.
“My records with various clubs speak for themselvers and I have this belief that Tusker will be a different entity altogether if given a chance to execute my plans. If I will be let to continue, I will strive to form one of the most formidable Tusker squads in the 2018 SPL and even beyond, Godwilling,” said Baraza.
Perhaps in a bid to send his point home on his credibility into transforming green horns into great players during his stint at Sony, Baraza singles Enock Agwanda and Victor Ali Abondo who went ahead to play for Gor Mahia and even national team Harambee Stars.
Others include Joseph Okumu of South African top-tier league side Free State Stars, Abdulatif “Achkobe”Omar of Sofapaka, Kevin Oluoch and Muhorobni Youth’s Gabrierl Muchika who he plucked from Musingu High School.
Tusker FC dropped players Moses Ndawula, Anthonu Ekaliani Ndolo, Victor Ndinya, George Mandela, Noah Wafula, Martin Kiiza, Clifford Alwanga, Danswon Kago, Louis Tera Misiko