Ban­dari coach un­der fire af­ter a string of poor re­sults

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local -

Ban­dari coach Ken Od­hi­ambo is un­der fire from the fans who think he is not equal to the task of han­dling the team fol­low­ing their 1-0 de­feat to Tusker over the weekend. A ma­jor­ity of the fans feel Od­hi­ambo has failed to un­der­stand his play­ers four months af­ter he took over from Twahir Muhid­din, who was sacked.

Tito Has­san, a senior coach in Mom­basa who has guided sev­eral schools to top hon­ours na­tion­ally, said it was un­for­tu­nate that the coach is yet to iden­tify his trusted line up and has in­stead con­tin­ued to gam­ble.

“In any com­pet­i­tive league like the Sport­sPesa Pre­mier League, you can’t keep field­ing dif­fer­ent line ups in dif­fer­ent games be­cause it de­nies the play­ers an op­por­tu­nity to un­der­stand each other,” said Has­san.

He was par­tic­u­larly dis­ap­pointed that the team that lost to Kar­i­obangi Sharks in the GOtv Shield match was dif­fer­ent from the one that lost to City Stars in a league match a week later and sim­i­larly dif­fer­ent from the one that played Tusker FC and lost 1-0 at the weekend.

“With this in­con­sis­tency, you can’t ex­pect any pos­i­tive re­sults and it gives you an in­di­ca­tion that the coach is clue­less,” Has­san, who briefly coached Coast Stars in the Pre­mier League, said. Sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments were ex­pressed by Jack­son Wa­fula, who warned that the team could end up in the rel­e­ga­tion zone if the sit­u­a­tion is not cor­rected in time. Ac­cord­ing to Wa­fula, Ban­dari has an abun­dance of tal­ent and it is only the coach who has failed to po­si­tion them cor­rectly. Ban­dari team man­ager Al­fred Achayo, how­ever, de­fended the coach say­ing luck has never been on their side.

“I per­son­ally feel the coach is in touch be­cause we have been al­low­ing in very easy last minute goals af­ter dom­i­nat­ing the en­tire game,” he said.

He ex­pressed con­fi­dence that the team will not only es­cape rel­e­ga­tion but will fin­ish in the top eight.

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