In Summary

  • Baraza, who served as head coach on a temporary basis towards the end of the 2017 season, was responsible for the December/January transfer activity before the Brewers appointed Timbe as head coach.
Tusker FC caretaker coach Francis Baraza poses with the October Fidelity Insurance Coach of the month award. Photo – SPN

The future of Tusker FC assistant head coach, Francis Baraza remains shrouded in mystery with the club chairman, Dan Aduda denying reports claiming he has been booted out of the first team.

Baraza, who was named the SJAK/LG October Coach of the Month is said to have clashed with his Ugandan boss, Sam Timbe who is accusing him of sabotaging his work among the first team.

Baraza, who served as head coach on a temporary basis towards the end of the 2017 season, was responsible for the December/January transfer activity before the Brewers appointed Timbe as head coach.

Reports suggest a frosty relationship between Baraza and Timbe is the reason why management is mulling sending the Kenyan home with sources intimating he has been suspended from first team duties.

“Baraza has been asked to step aside because the coach (Timbe) believes he is sabotaging him. He is causing divisions within the playing unit and Timbe does not want him near his team,” the source that sought anonymity told reporters.

The reports were however, denied by club chairman, Dan Aduda who stated that Baraza requested to attend to personal issues in explaining his absence from Thursday training.

Aduda further refuted allegations of a strained relationship between the former Chemelil Sugar FC head coach and his boss, citing that Leonard Odipo is also engaged by the 11-time league champions as an assistant coach.

“Those are just rumours. Baraza is still part of our technical bench. There is nothing like strained relationships that I know of. The two coaches have a good working relationship as far as I am concerned.

After a false start to the season that saw them go down 0-2 to Chemelil Sugar on match day one, the hierarchy at the club is keen on giving Timbe 100 per cent support as they seek to reclaim the Kenyan Premier League and GOtv Shield they won in 2016.