Bandari coach under fire after a string of poor results
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.