Kerala Blasters part ways with Kibu Vicuna

Kibu Vicuna
Kibu Vicuna failed to take Kerala Blasters to the play-offs. Photo: ISL

Indian Super League (ISL) club Kerala Blasters on Wednesday announced that they have parted ways with coach Kibu Vicuna. The announcement came a day after Blasters were thrashed 4-0 by Hyderabad FC.

"The club can confirm that we have parted ways with head coach Kibu Vicuna on mutual consent. We would like to thank him for his contributions during the season and wish him all the very best in his future endeavours," said the club in a statement.

Assistant coach and former Indian midfielder Ishfaq Ahmed will be taking charge on an interim basis till a permanent replacement is announced, the club further said.

Vicuna joined the club last April after leading Mohun Bagan to the I-League title. However, they sit second to bottom 18 matches into the season, having won just three games, drawn seven and lost eight. With just two games left to play in the season, Blasters are out of contention to reach the play-offs.

"Unfortunately, the season has been unusual and unexpected. My parents taught me to be responsible for what I am doing, so I always give all my heart to it, but also give no excuses. I want to thank all the management, players, coaching staff, and members of the club for their professionalism, kindness, and closeness," said Vicuna in his statement.

"Specially, I want to express my gratitude to all the Blasters fans for their support since the first till the last day, which makes you exceptional and amazing. I wish all of you and the club all the best in the future. You deserve it," he further said.

Blasters have just just 16 points from 18 matches and are placed 10th in the 11-team ISL 20-21. They have managed just three wins while suffering eight losses so far. Blasters have scored 22 goals and conceded 33 – the most by any team this season.

Blasters next take on Chenniaiyin FC on Sunday before playing NorthEast United FC in their final match on February 26.

(With inputs from IANS)

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