Keitrace Opens Talk to Re-sign Gabriel Johns
By Augustus Auggie Audekina-Doe
With the saying “there is no place like home, “it seems that Coach Gabriel Johns has made no secret that he is to return to Keitrace FC.
The President of one of Liberia’s top tier football clubs, Keitrace FC, Korpo B. Kpotohas also made no secret that she wants her former manager to return to the club.
The Cow Factory-based outfit has considered opening talks over a move for Coach Gabriel Johns who was very instrumental in managing the club to success in 2010.
The Keitrace FC President told FOCUS Sport that the former ‘Sensational’ LPRC Oilers manager is the club’s targeted manager for next season.
Kpoto said, “I had similarly inquired about other coaches, however, Gabriel Johns is considered the more realistic option for the 2016/2017 Liberia Football Association (LFA) national League.
“If negotiation works well, the arrival of Coach Johns will pave the way out for Mathew Dee and co who I intend not working with.”
For Johns, he says doors are still open to any negotiation most especially, to a club he took from third to first division in 2010 before LISCR hired him.
The Caf “A” License technician barely minutes after his side (Oilers) 1-0 defeat to Grand Bassa-based Fair Play FC he was told about his dismissal by the President of the LPRC Oilers Sports Association (OLSA) James Jappah.
Coach Johns was told verbally and subsequently written byJabbah that he had plans to sack him. On May 16, 2016.
The 47-year-old spent a season and a half spell with LPRC Oilers and was sacked on May 16, 2016 but left them at fourth place on the table before their relegation struggle.
Prior to LPRC Oilers moved, the technician also suffered punishment from LISCR FC top management following poor run of results in for the club in the ongoing Liberia Football Association Cellcom National League.
Coach Johns, one of Liberia’s best local coaches was handed an indefinite suspension following LISCR FC failure to beat ten men, Keitrace FC at the ATS.
LISCR FC at the same time failed to win in their last four matches in the second phase of the LFA Cellcom national league.
Coach Johns helped LISCR FC to win the triple two seasons ago when he took over from Jericho Nagbe who was sacked after some struggles within the team.