Bandari’s Odhiambo desperate for FKFPL resumption


Bandari’s Odhiambo desperate for FKFPL resumption
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

  • Bandari FC head coach Ken Odhiambo insists his players have been taking good care of their fitness during the coronavirus pandemic and cannot wait to get back to action.
  • Odhiambo says he is hoping for a good start when the FKF Premier League’s new season kicks off on November 21 where his charges are penciled to confront Zoo FC at Mbaraki Grounds.
  • FKFPL released draft fixtures for the 2020/2021 season Wednesday pending government’s approval for contact-sports restart.

Bandari FC head coach Ken Odhiambo insists his players have been taking good care of their fitness during the coronavirus pandemic and cannot wait to get back to action.

Odhiambo says he is hoping for a good start when the FKF Premier League’s new campaign kicks off on November 21 where his charges are penciled to confront Zoo FC at Mbaraki Grounds.

FKFPL released draft fixtures for the 2020/2021 season Wednesday pending government’s approval for contact-sports restart.

“My players have been training for a month now albeit in small groups and I’m optimistic we will start the league well. Since the coronavirus pandemic has equally affected everyone, we’re not bothered by the level of preparedness ahead of the new campaign,” said Odhiambo.

Odhiambo who is in his second stint at Bandari, has at the same urged the government to review its ban on contact-sports.

“The release of draft fixtures is a clear indication that things will be back to normal soon and we hope the Ministry of Sports will give us a go-ahead because many local players are suffering since March.”

He added: “What has surprised us is that grass roots football which is attracting large number of fans is ongoing unabated across the country but our top flight which I’m sure will follow all the laid protocols like not allowing fans, is still shut.”

The teams will have only four weeks to prepare for the kick-off and the former Nairobi City Stars tactician says they’ve got no option but to prepare well as they target to mount a title challenge this season.

The FKF Cup holders face Western Stima away in their second match before tackling 11-time winners Tusker a week later.

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