27 Jul, 17:06
Harambee Stars midfielder Johanna Omolo has revealed that the Royal Antwerp's coach feeling of not including him in his top flight plans is why he left for the second tier club.
Omolo guided Royal Antwerp to earn a top flight promotion but he shocked many fans on Tuesday 25 July, when he signed a two year deal with second tier side Cercle Brugge.
Not in plans
According the player the club told him that they would do a massive recruitment in this transfer window and the coach revealed that he was not part of his plans.
- The Antwerp management informed me that there would still be a lot of transfers and the coach thought I would not play, Omolo was quoted by Voetballkrant.
Brugge chairman Frans Schotte has stated that Coach Jose Riga always wanted to sign Omollo. His club however never thought that the move work go through since Omolo was on of Antwerps star players and letting him leave would be last option. Schotte is now delighted with the arrival of Omolo and has described him as a player with top tier standards.
-Our trainer, José Riga, has been hoping to get Omolo for a few months. We had been hanging for him for some time, but without pushing because we thought he was one of the players that the club would definitely want to keep, the chair said.
-But recently it turned out that Omolo wanted to leave because he felt like he got away, and we shot in action. Antwerp seemed to be willing to let him go. Ideal because now we have a player who is actually worth 1A. Understand that the Antwerp fans are disappointed to lose him and that makes very happy. he added.
The Kenyan international is expected to make his debut on Saturday as Brugge take on Westorlo in the league opener.