Bandari eye podium finish as new season approaches

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020 00:00 |
Bandari players celebrate after scoring in a continental match in 2019. Photo/PD/RODGERS NDEGWA

Coastal side Bandari will be seeking to improve on their ninth position finish last season when the new season kicks-off on Saturday after nine months hiatus.

The Dockers who have established themselves as serious contenders in the past five years, will be happy that most of the squad is intact with only four players leaving due to contract expiry.

They have brought back three new faces from neighbours Coast Stima which features in the second tier, and recalled another two from season-long loan spells.

The players that left include regulars Mustafa Oduor, Cliff Kasuti and Moses Mudavadi who have joined fellow Premiership side Nzoia Sugar while burly striker Wycliffe Ochomo is unattached at the moment.

The new entrants are Swaleh Chacha, Zakayo Keegan, Alfonce Washe, Hassan Iddi and Dennis Magige.

Three of the new acquisitions have no premier league experience as yet with the technical bench keen to rope them in gradually.

Speaking to People Sport yesterday, head coach Ken Odhiambo was full of hope that his team would come good and fight for the title like others.

“According to my team set-up, I am satisfied with what we have because we have a philosophy we go by.

We did not go all out to splash money given the conditions brought about by the corona virus.

In any case the most important thing is that we have a solid, balanced and ambitious side.

We want to try and fight for the title or at worse secure a top three finish and that is our target. I know we can do it because we have support,” he said.


He, however, was worried about the proper preparedness of players as a result of interference by the pandemic which caused inactivity.

“To be honest, none of the teams have had proper preparation and this is worrying.

People probably have just trained for two months at most which is insufficient considering for over eight months players were at home.

However, we will just try and adapt as we go along, this is the only option,” added the former Chemelil Sugar left back popularly referred to as Mabomm.

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