Shabana outline new season plans


Shabana FC during a past match. (PHOTO/Courtesy)
Shabana FC during a past match. (PHOTO/Courtesy)

In Summary

  • The Gusii based powerhouse however face a Herculean task in replacing their former talisman Evans Obutu who passed away in August this year leaving behind a big void for filling.
  • The team has widened its scouting network and will recruit players who will add value to the team as it aims to make a premier league hoodoo at the third time of asking.

National Super League giants Shabana FC will use their Mashujaa Day clash with AFC Leopards to gauge the fitness of its playing unit as the team embarks on a recruitment spree ahead of the new season.

The team resumed their preseason at Cardinal Otunga Mosocho grounds on Thursday last week after a six-month hiatus following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, team manager Elijah Sani says the team will prioritize a blend of young talent and experience while retaining its core from last season as they target a return to Kenyan topflight football.

“Our main objective at the moment is to retain all our players from last season and add good prospects that will propel us forward.

“At the moment we have 17 players and we want to add more to have a strong team that will challenge the NSL title,” he said.

The Gusii based powerhouse however face a Herculean task in replacing their former talisman Evans Obutu who passed away in August this year leaving behind a big void for filling.

The team has widened its scouting network and will recruit players who will add value to the team as it aims to make a premier league hoodoo at the third time of asking.

“We are open to signing players from local clubs and FKF Division II.

“We are not badly off at the moment because we managed to retain a majority of the players that played last season,” he added.

He says all new players will be used in their preseason friendly against AFC Leopards.

The club boasts arguably the biggest fan base in the NSL and are desperately eyeing a return to the top tier league after a five-year hiatus.

The Gusii based side was ranked 11th before the 2019/20 NSL season ended prematurely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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