Financial turmoil crippling our ambitions, says Shabana coach


Shabana FC players training. (PHOTO/File)
Shabana FC players training. (PHOTO/File)

In Summary

  • National Super League (NSL) giants Shabana FC are staring at another dismal season despite kicking off the 2019/20 campaign with the ambition of making a return to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
  • With Nairobi City Stars and Bidco United establishing themselves as the odds-on favourites to gain promotion to KPL, the Shabana faithful are resigned to spending another year in the second-tier league come next season.
 

National Super League (NSL) giants Shabana FC are staring at another dismal season despite kicking off the 2019/20 campaign with the ambition of making a return to the Kenyan Premier League (KPL).

The team has been blowing hot and cold in recent times and is currently ranked 10th in NSL log after garnering a meagre 35 points from 25 matches.

With Nairobi City Stars and Bidco United establishing themselves as the odds-on favourites to gain promotion to KPL, the Shabana faithful are resigned to spending another year in the second-tier league come next season.

Head coach Vincent Nyaberi said the team’s fortunes have been riddled with lack of finances, a phenomenon he says has seen the them blow hot and cold.

“The management has tried to secure sponsorship for the club all but in vain. This has been the team’s biggest weakness since most of the time, our preparations are disrupted by lack of facilitation,” Nyaberi told Citizen Digital.

He also accused the administration of keeping a distance from the players, an element that has brought uncertainty to the players.

“I would like to urge the management to move closer to the players and allay their fears. We understand the club is broke, but they have to assure the players that they are working to make things better. That’s the only way that players can have confidence again,” he said.

Nyaberi has however lauded his players for recording their second victory in a row after overcoming Vihiga Bullets 2-1 over the weekend.

He said the weekend victory was as a result of a morale-boosting 1-0 scalp over Ushuru FC in their previous match.

“The boys played well. It was evident even from the way they trained that they were ready to win. The Ushuru game was critical as it made them believe they can match that result against Bullets,” added Nyaberi.

At the same time, Nyaberi has urged the club’s administration to continue looking for potential sponsors with the fans currently sustaining the team.

The glamour boys will take on the in-form Vihiga United on Sunday at the Bukhungu Sports Complex.

 

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