25 January 2013

Gambia/Kenya: Bye Malleh Targets Solid First Half of Kenyan Season

Former Gambian international Bye Malleh Wadda who has been handed the mandate of the head coach of the Nairobi City Stars in the Kenyan premier league is eyeing a top eight finish with his new side.

Observer Sports this week reported that the former Real de Banjul goalkeeper turned striker during his playing days has been elevated to the head coach of the Kenyan clubside.

Speaking during the team's training session at the City Stadium, the Gambian said he is confident that the team would do well in the upcoming season. City Stars struggled for most of the previous campaign and only managed to remain in the top flight of Kenyan football. But Wadda is confident that they will be fighting big time this campaign.

"We survived last season but this season will be totally different. I now have ample time to study each of my players and I know by the time the season starts I will have a formidable team," Wadda was reported as saying on Supersports website. "My target is to finish in the top eight categories and I know it is achievable. I've made this clear to all the players. We hope to have a positive start to the season," he added.

City Stars finished 13th on the 16-team table last season with 29 points and the Gambian-born coach believes things will be better if they have a good first half of the season performance. "How we start the season will determine the position we finish in this season in a big way. If we perform well in the first half, as we are targeting, then I'm sure we will achieve our target of finishing among the top eight teams.

"As the season progresses towards the second leg there are always many challenges, especially with injuries, so it's always advisable to pick as many points as possible during the first half," he further stated.

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