Stephen Ochiel leaves Wazito FC by mutual consent

Stephen Ochiel has left Wazito FC as the Sporting Director following an agreement with the club owner.

Ochiel has not been felt in the team since Francis Kimanzi took over the team.

He had signed many players, mostly from Kisumu but who struggled to get playing time. They include Ronald Omino, Boniface Omondi, Stephen Odhiambo, Edwin Odhiambo, Castro Ogendo, Jackson Juma and Mark Otieno.

However, some of his two signings who have sparked are midfielder Fidel Origa and defender Maurice Ojwang’.

Ochiel had an acrimonious time at the club, failing to jell with the team’s structure including management due to his bullish nature, wanting to replace everybody so that he brings in his people.

He started falling out with Ricardo Badoer, the club’s owner when information reached him that he wanted players and some staff to sign contracts with his agency, not the club directly and salaries to be channeled through his agency, a move that was blocked.

In this transfer window where the club has signed a record number of players, he has not been involved in the signing, a role that he should have played prominently.

The club has signed Cliff Nyakeya, Eric Gichimu, Swaleh Hamisi, Amos Ekhalie, James Kinyanjui and Erickson Mulu Kivuva. It is expected to announce more players before the transfer window closes.

Wazito also released, Joe Waithira, Steven Odhiambo, Castro Ogendo, and Edwin Omondi, Ali Hassan and John Odhiambo Ongoro. Some of the players left after the expiry of their contracts.

Ochiel who signed with Wazito in August last year is a known football agent in the country and has dealt with many clubs including Gor Mahia.

Often referred to as money bags, the club also struggled financially in the previous season occasioned by delays in salaries but which were settled in arrears at the end of the season. The club would however pay match allowances for wins and draws on time.

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