First loss to AFC Leopards ‘a sign of doom ahead’ for Omino – Ochieng

The departed coach failed to beat Ingwe in November last year, his first against the KPL giants

Kisumu All-Stars CEO Nicholas Ochieng has claimed Henry Omino’s first-ever loss to AFC Leopards was a sign of things to come for the departed coach.

Omino died of thyroid cancer on Friday and the CEO stated his side 1-0 loss to AFC Leopards in November 2019 might have been a sign of bad days ahead for the veteran coach.

Whyvonne Isuza scored the goal that gave Ingwe their only win against an Omino-led side.

Omino had spells in charge of defunct Agro-Chemicals, Re-Union, Kisumu Posta, Western Stima and Kisumu All-Stars, but was never beaten by AFC Leopards previously.

“He has never lost to AFC Leopards! He lost to AFC Leopards for the first time and sadly he has died almost in the same year,” Ochieng told Goal on Friday.

“I am not saying the loss to AFC Leopards is directly related to his death but it was somehow a sign of doom ahead. Just maybe.

“It is very sad and bad for him to die after just losing to AFC Leopards for the first time in his career with Kisumu All-Stars after having a perfect record for a very long time.”

“That is a stat and you cannot change it or look away from it.”

The football administrator added Omino should be celebrated for what he has achieved in his career as a coach.

“All in all, we are celebrating his time in KPL and in particular at Kisumu All-Stars. In doing so we have to look at records he registered and the Ingwe one [first-ever loss] is another record,” continued Ochieng.

“A lot of players have come through his hands, he loved football and anyone who knew him can attest to what I am saying. He was exemplary.”

“We [Kisumu All-Stars] came to KPL without experience at all, we were like babies in a new territory and we needed someone like Omino who is experienced.”

Meanwhile, former Gor Mahia coach Frank Nuttall has mourned Omino as a coach who gave him challenges during his time on the Kenyan scene. 

“My sincere condolences to the family of [Henry] Omino. He was a highly respected coach and tough competitor during my time in Kenya. He also helped me on many occasions,” Nuttall, who is in charge of Botswana giants Township Rollers, wrote on his Facebook page.

Finally, Gor Mahia captain Kenneth Muguna, who played for Omino at Western Stima, termed the departed coach as a ‘father and legend’.

“There are no words to express the pain I am going through right now, it’s a sad moment of losing my former coach, father and a legend of the game. I love you and you will be missed so much. Respect sir,” the midfielder wrote on his Facebook page.

Omino, popularly known as ‘Zagallo’ on the local scene, became the first coach to win the KPL Coach of the Month award twice in a row at Western Stima in 2016.