Zoo FC head coach Sammy Okoth is a worried man in the aftermath of the team’s suspension from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) alongside Nakumatt FC as per a recent high court order directing the top flight to be reconstituted to 16 teams.
The club has since lodged an appeal on their ejection from the league and speaking during the awarding of the June/July Player of the Month gong that went to Zoo midfielder Mike Madoya on Tuesday 26 September, Okoth who declined to comment on the court case, admitted that he is concerned about what will happen to his players now that they are neither placed in the KPL or the National Super League (NSL).
“I cannot comment on the issue because it is in court. My worry however is what will happen to the players, now that they have been suspended I don’t know if it will be the end of us playing or if there is a special league where they will play,” he said.
He also added that it will be demoralizing for him as a coach if at all the team will go back to the NSL, having done well in the top tier.
“The players are worried because of the uncertainty that clouds the matter. I am also worried as a coach because if we are relegated to the lower league it will be very degrading for me, and it will be unfortunate to be bundled out when the league is almost coming to an end,” Okoth added.
Zoo Kericho at the time of their suspension were placed 14th on the KPL log with 29 points.