Bandari sack Mwalala over poor KPL run


Bandari FC coach Bernard Mwalala reacts during their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match against Posta ...
(FILE)Bandari FC coach Bernard Mwalala reacts during their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match against Posta Rangers FC at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on May 05, 2019. The match ended in a barren draw. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

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  • Mwalala is understood to have been told of his fate after his side lost to Tusker 2-1 at Mbaraki Sports Club yesterday, the result proving to be the final straw.

Bandari FC  have sacked head coach Bernard Mwalala after identifying a catalogue of his failings at the club in the 2019-2020 season with veteran tactician Twahir Muhiddin poised to take charge on interim basis, club  sources have told Citizen Digital

Mwalala is understood to have been told of his fate after his side lost to Tusker 2-1 at Mbaraki Sports Club yesterday, the result proving to be the final straw.

Twaha Mbarak, a member of the board of Bandari trustees insists they could not bear the pain anymore and it was just a matter of time before Mwalala could face the axe.

“The Board made the decision (to sack Mwalala) because of our interests as a club. Performances’ have been poor and it was expected for such a decision to be taken if results did not come by,”he told Citizen Digital.

Twaha insists it’s unacceptable for a club like Bandari not to perform well despite the club providing good working conditions for the technical bench and the players.

The 2019-2020 KPL season has been going through one of its toughest moments as several clubs grapple with mass exodus of their players due to financial challenges and Twaha feels with a good sponsorship, Bandari expect the same to reflect on the pitch.

“There are clubs struggling out there, no salary, no allowances but they perform well. As a club we thought about it and we needed a change,” Twaha concluded.

The former Nzoia Sugar boss arrived at Bandari in the middle of 2018 season to replace Ken Odhiambo who ended his four year tenure with the Coast based club to further his studies abroad.

Bandari who have twice finished as league runners-up in the 2017 season and 2018-2019 season are currently placed  11 on the grid with 18 points from 16 matches.

Meanwhile Muhiddin is set for crunch talks with the Bandari bosses from 10:30am today. It si expected that the club’s hierrarcky will persuade him to step into the hot seat as they look for long term replacement.

An old hand in the job, Muhiddin is familiar with the work environment having steadied the club in at-least three different spells and could be a permanent  replacement should results be pleasant

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