Bandari assistant coach Ken Odhiambo has bemoaned wrangles between Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Premier League Limited that has led to suspension of league kick-off.
Odhiambo revealed on Tuesday that the delay in the league kick-off has adversely affected the team’s training program. “As coaches we normally have a pre-season training program that is time bound but once the league season kick-off is delayed we are forced to introduce new things in the training which were not there and this might turn out to be counter productive.
"The league remains suspended and we don’t know for how long we will continue playing these pre-season build up matches.”
Odhiambo was speaking after the club’s 1-0 win over Modern Coast Rangers in a friendly match played at KPA Mbaraki Sports Club. Odhiambo stated that the team was forced to play friendly matches that were not in their program resulting to injuries.
He gave an example of a friendly against Mwatate United played at Wundanyi Stadium last week in which some players picked up injuries due to the poor state of the pitch. He further added that players are always motivated to play league matches as opposed to friendly matches.
The league kick-off date is yet to be confirmed following a standoff between FKF and KPL Company over the composition of the league. While the FKF relegated Sofapaka and Muhoroni Youth for failing to meet club licensing requirement, KPL went ahead to release a16 team fixture that included the relegated duo.
This forced the federation to suspend start of the league but the two relegated clubs through their fans went and obtained a court injunction under certificate of emergency barring KPL organizers from releasing fixtures until the case is heard and determined.
Other KPL clubs that have expressed concern over the suspension of the league kick-off date include AFC Leopards whose chairman Dan Mule revealed the delays have been costly to the club.