Makumbi blues as Stima wield the axe

Western Stima has parted ways with head coach Richard Makumbi and his place taken by former Palos FC coach Paul Ogai.

The Ugandan tactician took charge of Western Stima mid-through last year after Henry Omino was elevated to the position of Technical Director.

The surprising development comes after the weekend loss to Sofapaka, in the FKF Shield,where they fell 4-1. Makumbi’s contract was set to expire in September 2019.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Makumbi said that he was asked “to step aside” in order to explain why the club has recorded poor performances in the National Super League.

“I have been asked to step aside because of poor performances to explain why the team has not performed well. Otherwise if I don’t explain the club will take other measures,” he said.

“We have played 25 matches and I have lost three including the Shield match but they have said its poor performance.”

Ironically, Stima are second on the NSL  log after 22 rounds of matches,  amassing 43 points,  two adrift of league leaders Ushuru FC. Of the 22, they have won 12, drawn seven and lost three.

“I had a good relationship with my players since they believed in me but I cannot understand the way things are,” Makumbi added.

The internal wrangles that have seen coaches in various ranks at the club clash are thought to be the main reason for his dismissal.

Makumbi has however defended his performances citing his impressive track record as a justification for his unblemished reputation.

“We have been having issues with other coaches this season and I guess they want to fire me then they bring in their choices,” Makumbi concluded.