Despite announcing he had resigned as Shabana FC coach following the team’s 4-0 FKF Premier League defeat against Ulinzi Stars on Sunday, club Patron Sam Nyamweya has maintained Sammy Okoth is still the coach of the side.
Speaking after the 4-0 drubbing at Ulinzi Complex Stadium, Okoth confirmed he had thrown in the towel and called on the club to get a new coach to handle the Kisii-based Glamour Boys.
“I am not okay with whatever happened, I just feel I should let it go at the moment, I should just relax and maybe let someone else come and do the job because 4-0 is a defeat that I have never ever gone through since I started my career as a coach,” Okoth said, adding: “I feel that is the right thing to do at the moment (resign) because this is a team that has a lot of crowds and they deserve much better than what happened against Ulinzi Stars.”
He continued: “I am proud of what I have done ever since I got into this team, I think they also know what I have done to the team, assembling the team, getting promoted, so I just leave feeling proud that they gave me the opportunity to handle the team and I have done all that I felt was right for the team.”
However, Nyamweya issued a statement saying Okoth will continue in his role as the head coach and will be preparing the team for Wednesday’s ‘Nyanza derby’ against Gor Mahia at Kasarani Stadium.
“Shabana coach Sammy Okoth has not resigned but he is contemplating resigning if he is not given a contract. FIFA and CAF don’t allow a coach to work without a contract and this may lead to Shabana being fined millions and bury all their fortunes they have made over the years,” said Nyamweya in a statement obtained by Africa Top Sports, adding: “Okoth will remain the coach as we sought his contract issues and he will be in charge when we face Gor Mahia.”
Nyamweya further defended Shabana players despite the heavy defeat insisting they will bounce back against K’Ogalo.