We need at least Ksh 20 million to gain KPL promotion – Shabana


We need at least Ksh 20 million to gain KPL promotion - Shabana
Shabana FC celebrate after a win against Mwatate FC during their Division One League play-off at Kasarani Stadium in Nairobi on October 28, 2018. Photo/Kelly Ayodi/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Shabana FC head coach Andrew Kanuli says the club must invest at least Ksh. 20 million to boost their chances of earning a promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.
  • With the NSL and KPL set to kick off on December 8, Kanuli has one month to prepare the team that will fight to earn promotion to the top-tier league come June 2019.

Shabana FC head coach Andrew Kanuli says the club must invest at least Ksh. 20 million to boost their chances of earning a promotion to the Kenyan Premier League.

Former Kenyan Premier League gained promotion back to the National Super League after beating Mwatate United 7-6 on post match penalties in the Football Kenya Federation Division One League play-off at Kasarani on Sunday.

Both sides had settled for a 1-1 draw in regulation time forcing the match to be decided on penalties as per the promotion playoff regulations.

“I have told the management that we need at least Ksh 20 Million to facilitate our NSL season, without that we will be there as participants not competitors.

Teams like KCB and Western Stima had  the financial muscles to enable them participate effectively the whole season and got promoted, so I’m glad the county government of Kisii has agreed to support the team.

“I’m also reliably informed that more sponsors might be coming on board very soon and that is  encouraging news to the playing unit,” said Kanuli.

With the NSL and KPL set to kick off on December 8, Kanuli has one month to prepare the team that will fight to earn promotion to the top-tier league come June 2019.

“I can only talk about the signings; when we have the money to buy players. I’m hoping that will be sorted out soon because we need to drop at least five players and sign eight.

He went on: “We need depth and more quality in our team and that can only come by having enough money to buy the best players needed to take us back to the  league.”

Having been relegated to the third tier league in 2016, the head coach revealed the motivation behind their come-back.

“We took one game at a time; staying focused on the goals we had set in the beginning of the season.

“The fans have been very brilliant; they travelled with us everywhere we went, and when playing at home they always turned up in large numbers to cheer us which was really encouraging.

“The players will to play top flight football, was another driving factor. We know how much the second division is not given proper limelight, and the only way for them to be spotted by the top clubs is by working hard and getting promoted the top tier league,”a jovial Kanuli told Citizen Digital.

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