The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Juma At KCB

Juma Abdallah has been appointed as the new coach of Kenya Premier league side KCB after impressing the club officials following an interview that was carried out during the week.

Abdallah who also coached Thika United previously in the top tier league, takes over from James Omondi who was sacked at the end of the season after the team finished in a dismal 10th position "The club has settled on Juma Abdalla and he will be assisted by Ted Odhiambo who joins us from Real Kisumu"confirmed the bankers Team manager Josephat Okal.

Juma had left his position at Thika towards the end of the 2011 season and joind Coast based side Congo United then promptly took charge of Nationwide side Bidco at the beginning of the just conluded season.

He led the Ruiru based side to a fourth place finish in the Nationwide Zone A narrowly missing out on promotion into the Kenya Premier league.

Juma becomes the third coach in the space of 18 months for KCB and he has a tough task on his hands trying to turn the bankers from an also run mid table side into a real challenger for honours

His immediate task will be to revamp a KCB side who start strongly but lack finishing power and fade away in the second half of the season.

The coach was set to be introduced to players yesterday before embarking on a pre-season break which will see other players depart and more come in. His immediate headache will be to convince star player

Paul Mungai Kiongera that the Ruaraka based side are the best team for him to meet his ambition as he continues to attract attention from other top KPL sides.

Meanwhile Coast fans will have to wait for some time before knowing the players signed by Bandari FC even after trials by 12 players from Mombasa clubs.

A top official of the club said the disclosur of names will be made much later.

This decision follows a meeting between the club officials and the top management of sponsors Kenya Ports Authority that was supposed to discuss in detail the victory strategy ahead of the season.

Speaking yesterday, Bandari FC secretary General Ben Oloo said there are still formal and procedural issues that need to be concluded before the list of players can be made public.

"We will not reveal details of the signings until we meet the KPA management board for routine discussions," Oloo said.

Oloo who said there is still the January window period and urged fans to be patient downplayed the issue of hiring a temporary coach following head coach Rishad Shedu's absence after left ankle joint surgery. The official said the club was aware of Shedu's imminent absence long before he went for surgery at a Nairobi hospital last month.

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