Albeit with a heavy heart, Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker will go on with their preparations for the coming season, following the departure of key man Osborne Monday, who opted to part ways with the team at the end of the 2016 season.
Monday played a crucial role in the team’s double winning campaign in 2016 but at the end of his deal, it is reported he declined to renew and instead opted for a new challenge away from the team scheduled to represent Kenya in the CAF Champions League.
According to assistant coach Francis Baraza, the departure of the midfielder, who can also play in defence, will be felt even though plans are on to get a good replacement.
“Monday’s exit was a big loss for Tusker because he was a key player in the 2016 campaign. He was out of contract and you know at that stage he is the boss because he is a free agent. He talked with the club but they did not agree and so he opted not to renew but seek a fresh challenge,” Baraza told Soka.
Chance for others
On the flipside, Baraza says the midfielder’s departure hands another player at the team the chance to rise, and he hopes the current players can grab the opportunity.
“It (Monday departure) may be painful but we have to look at it from all angles. It also means there is a chance for the current players we have to show their capabilities,” he said, as he wished the midfielder the best.
The midfielder is said to be enroute to newly promoted Kariobangi Sharks.