Wazito seeks amends with shorter player contracts

Wazito FC is seeking to start afresh in player contracts, awarding them shorter spells to better monitor their progress before signing long-term deals.

The club is signing all new players on six months’ contracts.

The move is also meant to secure signatures of players they need and ensure they are not signed with other teams amidst uncertainty when the league will start.

Recently, the club signed Stephen Ochiel as Technical Director, to help them with player signings. Most of the players he signs hail from Kisumu and this could explain why most players Wazito have signed are from the lakeside city.

Ochiel used to be an agent with Gor Mahia but was unceremoniously relieved of his duties. He has found a footing at Wazito after he reached out directly to club’s owner Ricardo Badoer.

Ochiel has handled many players and one of his recent big moves was sealing John Makwatta’s move to Zambian Super League side Zesco United.

However, all is not well at Wazito as his approach is seen as high-handed, not involving the coaching staff. He signs players unilaterally and this has partly contributed to the club’s dismal performance in the past as the management would sign players without involving the coaching staff. But the coaching staff would take flack for their poor performance.

The situation reared its ugly head recently when he orchestrated the removal of midfielder Antony Njeru to pave way for his players, only for other club officials to raise concerns and the coach affirming that he had him in his plans. The officials reached out to Ricardo who on inquiry learned of his tactics. It is unclear how long he will remain in the club.

In a situation where the players signed fail to spark when the league starts, they can easily be released.

Currently, the club is handling multiple legal complaints with potential suits after it released more than ten players, all of whom still had valid contracts. They hired lawyers who have since sent letters to the club, demanding that they honor their contractual terms, failure to which they will institute legal proceedings against them.

Wazito has so far signed 13 players and will still be looking to bolster the squad in key departments like striking. So far, they have only one striker, Vincent Oburu who was signed from AFC Leopards.

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