Kibagendi confirms they will release 19 players but dismisses reports that Assistant Coach Shikanda has been released

  • Bandari team Organizing Secretary Dickson Kibagendi has insisted they want a lean squad that is manageable as they aim to get their feet back on the ground after their recent struggles.

Kibagendi has revealed the club is planning to release 19 players from their squad. He says the current number making up the entire squad is too big.

Rumors had indicated assistant coach Ibrahim Shikanda had already been relieved of his duties, Kibagendi has dismissed those reports, went ahead to say they have not zeroed in on who is going to be released.

“As we speak, we have a total of 49 members of the team meaning we will have to let go of at least 19 people but only at the right time. The rumors doing the rounds that we have sacked some members of the technical bench are not true,” Kibagendi said.

“We have five coaches among them head Coach Kennedy Odhiambo, assistant coaches Mohamed Nassoro, Ibrahim Shikanda, Razak Siwa, and team manager Wilson Obungu. This is a number we think is too big by local standards,” he added.

It is understood that Bandari and former coach Bernard Mwalala parted ways early in the year for poor results and Twahir Muhiddin was appointed on an interim basis. Odhiambo was later on re-appointed as the club head coach, expected to steer the club in the 2020/21 season.

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Bandari, being among the KPL teams with a designated home pitch, announced that Mbaraki Sports ground is expected to undergo renovation ahead of the upcoming season.

Kenya Ports Authority Acting Managing Director Rashid Salim was at the Mbaraki Sports Club to inspect the ongoing renovation of the facilities,” Bandari announced.

“The Managing Director was pleased with the ongoing construction which aims at elevating the sports grounds to international standards,” Bandari statement added.

KPA Mbaraki Sports Club that has two grounds under construction; the main field and the youth field that will double up as a training ground, has been expanded with a provision for extending the sitting capacity as well as upgrading the playing surface.

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