By Dennis Mabuka
Kenya Premier League (KPL) side Bandari FC has parted ways with coach Rishad Shedu with immediate effect.
Shedu, who helped the side win promotion last season, revealed exclusively to Goal.com on Sunday that he had declined a new offer to handle Bandari’s Under-19 side after the team’s top management decided to employ acting Twahir Muhiddin as the head coach.
The team’s top management summoned me on April 18 and asked whether I could take over coaching the Under-19 side. They also demanded I take a 50% salary cut something that forced me to decline the offer. I have decided to quit and will be announcing my next move soon.”
Shedu added, “No reason was given as to why they had decided to sideline me. The decision is full of malice and hypocrisy...if there is sincerity why reduce my salary?”
“It is very unfortunate for the club to terminate my services like that. I have dedicated myself to the club and worked so hard and sacrificed my health to have the team qualify for top flight league.”
A visibly agitated Shedu continued, "I came to this team (Bandari) physically fit and got injured while training at baptist ground. The team was doing very well and I had to sacrifice and train the team on crutches and pain killers as I did not want to hamper the teams' good performance."
Interestingly, it was Shedu who recommended Muhiddin to join Bandari as a stand in coach while he underwent treatment.
Bandari secretary, Ben ‘Break Dance’ Oloo, said after unveiling Muhiddin. “Yes, the club’s board has received a recommendation letter from coach Shedu that we engage Muhiddin who, in fact, has been part of the team’s technical bench last season, helping the coach on several technical matters."
Shedu becomes the second coach this season to lose his job. AFC Leopards' Tom Olaba was the first to be shown the door after he was sacked for alleged poor results and was replaced by Belgian Luc Eymael.