Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa has finally revealed how the club settled on Divaldo Alves as head coach despite having John Baraza at their disposal.
Baraza had just led Batoto Ba Mungu to third spot in the Kenya Premier League and many expected that he would be given the head coach role on a a permanent basis.
This was however not the case as just a few weeks to the new KPL season, officials from a Singapore based sports company, Living 3D Holdings Limited, landed in the Country with some ‘goodies’ for Sofapaka.
The two parties went into a deal that would see Living 3D Holdings bring in a foreign coach and five foreign players to the team. This was to help the 2009 champions in their quest to win the local title again.
According to the company’s Executive Manager Paolo Pereira who signed the contract with Sofapaka President Elly Kalekwa, the company was to carter for the salaries of the foreign coach and the five foreign players being brought to the team.
With the deal, Coach Alves came in and with that, Baraza had to make do with the assistant position.
All has however not gone well at Batoto Ba Mungu with Coach Alves only managing two wins, drawing one and losing four games.
President Elly Kalekwa has now revealed that the club was duped into hiring Alves.
“Alves was part of the deal by 3D Holdings, we were not looking for a coach,” Said Kalekwa as quoted by Goal.
Kalekwa has revealed that the conditions set by 3D holdings forced them to relegate Baraza to an assistant coach role even as he revealed that the company (Living 3D Holdings) has never deposited any amount to the Sofapaka Accounts.
Alves’ future at Sofapaka has been in doubts for weeks now with speculations rife that Kalekwa is willing to crack the whip on him. The Congolese businessman has however hinted that sacking the Portuguese would not be the right thing to do for now.
“We could not do away with Alves because it was not his fault, and it could have been unfair for us to sack him based on the aforementioned reason.
“As a club, we decided to give him time but he has not started well, and we have decided to give him a chance to turn the fortunes around.”
“[Baraza] was our choice for the season before [3D Holdings] came with their conditions,” Kalekwa continued.
“We had no option but oblige, and relegate Baraza to the assistant coach role.
All hope is however not lost for Baraza as Kalekwa revealed that should Alves be shown the door, he will immediately take charge of the team.