Tusker keeper Patrick Matasi resumes training after contractual dispute
Tusker goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has returned to training after a spat with his employer that lasted close to two months.
The Kenyan goalkeeper had absconded duty after his club refused to allow him to join Kenya Police FC.
The custodian has requested his employer to release him from his contract, which still had two years to run, as he had received an offer from the law enforces that, in his own words, was too good to turn down.
But Tusker management stood their ground and refused to release him unless their valuation of transfer fee is met.
Matasi was spotted in training at the Ruaraka grounds on Wednesday as Tusker coach Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano expressed his confidence his team will gun for a hat-trick of league titles after bolstering the squad with seven new players.
The new players include Eric Mmata, Tom Teka and Bonface Onyango who join from Kariobangi Sharks while custodian Brian Opondo, Erick Otieno and David Odoyo were acquired from Bidco United, Wazito, and Green Commandos respectively.
Meanwhile Collins ‘Kante’ Otieno, 18, has been promoted to the senior squad, following in the steps of Erick Zakayo, Jimmy Mbugua, and John Njuguna
“We expect the league to be more competitive this coming season as we have seen other teams strengthening their squads as well. These players have been carefully selected and will therefore ensure we remain competitive throughout the season and win the league,” said Matano during the unveiling of the players at the club’s training grounds in Ruaraka.
The experienced trainer added the players will reinforce various playing units following the departure of key players among them Eugene Asike, Christopher Oruchum and Henry Meja.