Shedu tips Bandari to challenge Gor for the KPL gong next term
- Shedu argues that the good relationship between the team and the sponsors will be the catalyst to the desired success
- Bandari FC played from 1960 to 1978 as LASCO Football Club, followed by an eight-year run as Cargo Football Club. In 1985, the club merged with the Kenya Ports Authority team to form Bandari FC.
The former head coach of Bandari FC Rishadi Shedu expects the team to do well next season in the Kenya Premier League (KPL) as well as on the international competitions in case they earn the nod to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup.
“I am very optimistic that Bandari will register better results in the different competitions they will be taking part in next season, because of the formidable working environment and partnership between Coach Ken Odhiambo and the technical director Twahir Muhiddin, together with the management of their main sponsors.
They also have good players who after playing together for a while and have started to gel very well,” noted Shedu.
Shedu who guided the team back to the KPL from the National Super League after finishing the 2012 FKF Division One season as champions of Zone A, said the Dockers will definitely get better results due to the good relationship between the club’s management and the technical bench.
“They have the financial war chest to sign good players due to the solid support of KPA which is a big deal; they have always wanted to represent Kenya internationally. All this can help them win the big title in the country.”
Shedu, currently coaching Makolanders Ladies FC in the Kenya Women’s Premier League, added that owing to the solid support of team sponsors Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), they have a better chance of bagging the elusive league title next term.
Meanwhile, the management has embarked on refurbishing the team’s home turf, the Mbaraki Sports Club, and Shedu has hailed the move noting it will give the players the lift that comes with playing in a decent facility.
“The playing field is very important and that’s where home advantage counts. Practicing and playing in a better stadium is usually a big advantage…it will eventually increase the number of fans given that it’s the only top flight club in the coastal city,” he opined.
Bandari FC played from 1960 to 1978 as LASCO Football Club, followed by an eight-year run as Cargo Football Club. In 1985, the club merged with the Kenya Ports Authority team to form Bandari FC.
The club had played previously in the Kenyan Premier League, but was relegated after the 1997 season.
They have of late challenged Gor Mahia for the league title finishing as league runners up in 2017 and 2018 seasons besides winning the FKF Shield in 2018 to earn a Caf Confederation Cup ticket.
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