Bandari in rush to enlist new players

Thursday, July 28th, 2022 11:00 | By
Bandari newly signed Derrick Otanga formerly of KCB FC (left) battles for the ball with David Kalama of Bidco United during a past FKF-PL match at Kasarani. PHOTO/Rodgers Ndegwa

Bandari FC is leading the way in signing new players ahead of the new 2022/23 Football Kenya Federation-Premier League season that starts on August 27. Already eight players have been confirmed by the team.

 The Dockers who ended the last campaign in fourth place are making a statement of intent with the big moves in a bid to launch yet another shot for the elusive title.

Two red-hot attackers in the frame of Derrick Otanga (KCB FC) and Felix Oluoch (Kariobangi Sharks) have joined the coastal-based side. Otanga was last season’s top scorer on 16 goals and is expected to add depth to the Bandari attack line which already has the likes of Umaru Kasumba, Abdallah Hassan and John Mwita.

 At the same time, the Anthony Kimani-coached side has also spruced the offensive line with the addition also of former Wazito FC and Mathare United winger James Kinyanjui and former Talanta midfielder Enock Momanyi.

 Others joining include immediate former Wazito FC defensive midfield kingpin Fidel Origa, left offensive player Douglas Mokaya from Kariobangi Sharks and the pair of Omar Sobomwana alongside Mohamed Abeid of National Super League outfit Coastal Heroes FC.

 Meanwhile, Kenya Police FC has been busy in the market as well, roping in four top signings to help with their attempt at the lucrative champions medal in the top tier.

Mercurial striker

The law enforcers under Coach Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo have brought in former Kakamega Homeboyz FC mercurial striker David Okoth, veteran former Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Patillah Omotto, former KCB right full-back Baraka Badi and Reagan Otieno.

Additionally, KCB-FC has acquired the services of former FC Talanta forward Francis Kahiro on a one-year deal.

The lanky striker managed nine goals in the last season and Coach Zedekiah Otieno for the Bankers will be hoping he has gotten a player worthy to fit into the departed Derrick Otanga’s shoes.

Also making waves are two Kenyans who are off to try their luck in the Vodafone Tanzanian Premier League (TPL).

Former Red Arrows FC,Kariobangi Sharks and Kenya Police FC forward Duke Abuya is now with Singida Big Stars of the Ligi Kuu.

At the same time, former Vihiga Bullets FC Kelvin Mwavali has joined Fountain Gate Academy in the TPL as well.

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