Bandari sack assistant coach Shikanda


Bandari sack assistant coach Shikanda
Bandari FC players on bench pray before their Kenyan Premier League match against Thika United FC at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on February 18, 2018. The match ended in a barren draw. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • The development comes amid reports Bandari sponsors Kenya Ports Authority want the team's board to reduce the current squad from 38 to 30.

Kenyan Premier League side Bandari FC have sacked their second assistant coach Ibrahim Shikanda, as a cost cutting measure amid Covid-19.

In an interview with Citizen Digital, Shikanda confirmed being axed from the Dockers technical bench after receiving a call from his employer.

“It’s true I am no longer part of the Bandari technical bench, I was called by the club’s management and they informed me that owing to the effect of the Corona Virus they want to reduce the number of people on the technical bench.

“I accepted the decision and I will be looking forward to make a quick comeback in football once these pandemic is under proper control,”Shikanda said.

Shikanda, alongside Nassor Mwakoba were both assistant coaches under Bernard Mwalala who was also shown the door in January this year with Twahir Muhiddin replacing him in an acting capacity before Ken Odhiamboe returned to the helm.

One of Bandari Board members who spoke with Citizen Digital of condition of anonymity confirmed that their sponsors Kenya Ports Authority had earlier asked them to reduce their current squad from 38 to 30.

“We were told to minimise our squad to accommodate only 30 from our current 38 people.”

The Coast based side was placed 9th on the log when the league was halted in March after Kenya reported its first Corona case.

Report by  Luqmann Mahmoud  & Mark Mutuku

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