Bandari adopt SGR travel as Sserunkuma leaves

Thika United FC goalkeeper Muwonge Hamuza saves from Dan Sserenkuma of Bandari FC during their ...
Thika United FC goalkeeper Muwonge Hamuza saves from Dan Sserenkuma of Bandari FC during their Sportpesa Premier League match at Thika Sub County Stadium on August 24, 2016. The match ended1-1. Photo/Tabitha Otwori/

Bandari FC from Mombasa is the first football team to adopt rail travel using the Standard Gauge railway SGR, making the maiden trip on Friday from Mombasa to Syokimau, Athi River. Bandari have a GOtv Shield first round match against Uweza Academy in Machakos over the weekend.

“We have tried it and it is very effective. It has been tough and expensive using the bus every time we play out of Mombasa and we spend many hours on the road. But the SGR makes it faster and more comfortable,” said Bandari Technical director Edward Oduor.

Bandari are on a rebuilding path following a not very impressive first leg in the Kenyan premier league. Their lead strike with 3 goals, Dani Sserunkuma will not renew his contract that expires in 9 days’ time. He has already left the coastal team, same as Musa Mudde who has since re-joined AFC Leopards.

Bandari has also signed two strikers, Baron Okech from Gor Mahia on loan as well as lanky Kevin Omondi from Zoo Kericho.

“Omondi is a very good striker. If you remember the first leg against Zoo Kericho, we (Bandari) lost 3-2 and Omondi, then at Zoo scored all three goals. His height really troubled our defenders. We hope he will add same value for us,” added Oduor.

Another youngster to join Bandari is 19-year-old Moses Kinywa who earlier this year got the opportunity to Train with West Ham United in the English Premier League. Goalkeeper Godfrey Humphrey has also been signed from Shanzu FC in Mombasa.

The midfield has been strengthened with the return of old boy Hamisi Mwinyi from City Stars. Mwinyi left Bandari in 2015. Fred Cosmas Luis is also another signing, imported from Africa Leon in Tanzania.

Bandari are currently 8th with 19 points in the Kenyan Premier League standings.

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