Bandari FC head coach Paul Nkata has rued injuries in his squad and hot weather ahead of the 2017 Kenya Premier League kick-off.
He has confirmed to Goal that strikers Shaban Kenga, Edwin Lavatsa plus midfield maestro Musa Mudde will be absent when the league kicks off next week after sustaining injuries during pre-season build up matches. “As you are aware the trio are regular players in the team and hence it is a major blow to us. Their absence will be greatly felt. But it’s football. You have to live with it.’
Kenga, Lavatsa and Mude were talismen in Bandari’s campaign last season and assisted the team to finish at a respectful position in the league.
The KPL kick-off date delayed for weeks due to the feud between Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Premier League Limited Company but Nkata is now happy that at last the fixtures have been released and the team can now focus on the matches. He disclosed that it would be suicidal to continue playing friendly matches.
He also expressed worry about the current hot weather condition in Mombasa which he described as ‘unbearable to football'.
"With the current temperature of about 35 degrees Celsius and a humidity of 70%, we expect the players to be dehydrated and this is not good for football. It means we need to introduce water breaks in both halves," he told Goal.
Bandari host newly promoted Nakumatt in league opener set for Saturday March 11, at KPA Mbaraki Sports club.