12 December 2012

Kenya: KCB Hope to Hire New Tactician Before the End of Year

Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) will name their new coach in the next two weeks in readiness for the next Kenya Premier League season.

Agil Ali, the club's vice chairman, said the team's board is looking at the applications from 'several coaches' as they seek to get an able replacement for James 'Odijo' Omondi who was relieved of his duties two weeks ago.

"Several coaches have shown interest in taking up the position and we are looking at individual applications keenly to ensure we get the right candidates. Maybe by this weekend, we will have gotten the new coach," said Agil.

The bankers have formed the habit of starting the league strongly and then finishing poorly, something that cost Leonard Saleh his job in July 2011 and then again Omondi late last month.

Agil said the fluctuating performance of the club was an issue the club needed to address before the new season kicks off. At the same time, the bankers have put on hold their trials as they wait for the appointment of a new coach. Team Manager Josephat Okal said it would be counterproductive to select new players while a new tactician was yet to be appointed.

"We have decided that the trials be put on hold until the new coach is appointed before the end of the year," said Okal who won the manager of the year award at last month's Kenya Premier League Footballer of the Year (FOYA) gala.

Okal went on to reveal that the team has also not decided which players will be exiting after a season that saw them finish 10th in the1 6-team league, one position drop from their ninth place finish in 2011.

"No player has left so far. The next coach will determine who will be going or staying when the pre-season training starts," added Okal. The club's best player this season, Paul Mungai Kiongera, has been the subject of interest from top clubs in the league but nothing concrete has come from the speculations .

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