- Wazito FC coach Stewart Hall has insisted that he does not require the services of lethal attacker Elvis Rupia whose loan spell with AFC Leopards ends this season, branding him as a flop.
Rupia, who has been in sensational form for the big cats, joined Leopards during the January transfer window.
The former Nzoia Sugar attacker was signed by Ingwe as a replacement for versatile attacker John Mark Makwatta who left the den for Zambian giants Zesco United. Before the league suspension, he had netted six goals in the six league matches he played for Ingwe.
“I don’t think he will return to play for Wazito because his future is somewhere else. I don’t like speaking ill of my players but Rupia lacked the mentality to do the job on the pitch here. That is evident on how he picked up at AFC Leopards after we released him” Hall said.
Hall, former Sofapaka coach said that he has informed Wazito owner Ricardo Badoer ‘The Big Boss’ about how he wants the team to be next season and insisted Rupia is not in his plans.
“His time here was not good and I’m not focusing on bringing him back. He was a big flop in our matches against Kakamega Homeboyz, Tusker, and Ulinzi Stars. I have my plans for the team and he is not part of it,” Hall added.
Despite Hall’s claim on Rupia, AFC Leopards Chairman Dan Shikanda has said Rupia’s future was a matter of discussions during the club’s NEC meeting last Friday.
“He is a good player and we would want to keep him. We will negotiate with Wazito because Rupia has been instrumental in helping us win our games since he joined us. We hope he will still be our player next season,” Shikanda said.
Hall further reveals that Wazito will be signing three foreigners and a local player.
“I have spoken to them and I can’t reveal their identities for now. They will be part of our squad next season as we strive to be title contenders and reduce the dominance of Gor Mahia,” Hall revealed.