Pumzo reveals reason behind touchline feud with Ssimbwa
Posta Rangers coach Sammy Omollo has accused Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa of “calling him a dog.”
Omollo, whose been nicknamed Pumzo, made this surprising claim when he appeared before the Kenya Premier League’s Independent Disciplinary and Complaints Committee to answer to charges of assaulting Ssimbwa.
The former Kenya international allegedly punched Ssimbwa on the touchline during a SportPesa Premier League match at the Narok stadium, moments after his team conceded a last gasp equalizer in the match that ended one-all.
He has since been banned for six games, three of those games are however suspended.
In his submissions, Sammy Omollo admits that indeed he poured water towards an official of Sofapaka but the same did not land on him. He stated further that the said official left his designated technical area and provocatively ran across the Posta Rangers technical bench insulting them and taunting him by saying “Chapa mbwa hivi kama hii imesimama hapa” (flog a dog like the one standing here) while whipping an imaginary dog with an imaginary cane.
The matter seems to however have been settled amicably after the Sofapaka team, led by their general manager, pleaded with the tribunal to drop the charges against Omollo as the two coaches met after the match and “ironed out their differences.”
Pumzo becomes the second coach after Mathare’s Francis Kimanzi to have been banned from the touchline for more than six games this season.