- The experienced KCB head coach Zedekiah “Zico” Otieno believes his charges are now Kenyan Premier League (KPL) competitors and not mere participants and he is impressed with the Bankers’ progress over the last 12 months.
Otieno was appointed to head the club after the Bankers struggled in the 2018/19 season in the hands of Coach Frank Ouna. Ouna exited the club to usher in Otieno who has helped them perform better in the top tier, and they were fifth on the table before it was suspended owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“I am impressed with our performance in the canceled season,” Otieno said.
“When I took over at the club, we were participants, but we have managed to change it and are now competitors in the KPL. There were places where we could not get points, but before the league was stopped, we had managed to do so,” he said.
“Remember, we were among the teams that beat Kakamega Homeboyz as well, it shows remarkable improvement,” he added.
He has also opined on the ongoing tussle that resulted from season annulment by the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) and the subsequent crowning of Gor Mahia saying, “Nobody saw Covid-19 happening.”
“Next time, teams should learn to start the season and give their best consistently. We cannot know what the future holds; it is a lesson for us as well. Some teams are complaining about the same but it should not be the case, our eyes should be set for next season,” the 51-year-old opined.
According to the former defender, KCB FC is more likely to be busy in the transfer window.
“Strengthening the team is normal across the world and KCB are not an exception. We will strengthen the team and ensure we have a better competitive edge,” he noted.
“We have set our targets and have identified certain players who we will be trying to bring on board,” he concluded.
Among those in the Bankers radar the Gor Mahia duo Charles Momanyi whose contract with K’Ogalo will expire in the next two months and Boniface Omondi, and Bandari FC forward Darius Msagha.