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KPL: Bandari are confident of positive performance

FOOTBALL By Ernest Ndunda | January 30th 2018
GOtv cup GOR VS BANDARI THIKA STADIUM GOR Mahia Kennedy Mugambi(L) and Abdallah Hassan of Bandari battle for ball possession during their GOtv match at Thika Municipal Stadium on Sunday 09/07/17. Bandari won on post penalties.PHOTO.BONIFACE OKENDO

Bandari's technical bench is happy with the team’s pre-season preparations and insists they are ready for the 2018 Kenyan Premier League season that starts this weekend.

Team Technical Director Twahir Muhiddin said the side's participation in a pre-season tournament at Utalii College proved they were ready for action.

Bandari drew 1-1 with Talanta Academy, defeated Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) 1-0 and Kariobangi Sharks 3-2, before drawing 1-1 with Kibera Stars. The dockers lost 2-1 to Mathare United before travelling back to their Mombasa base.

Muhiddin said his new recruits have fit well in the team and much is expected of them.

“We fielded a youthful side at the pre-season tournament and we are convinced that we are ready for the Premier League,” said the former Harambee Stars tactician.

Abdallah Hassan picked up an injury during their match against Mathare United, but Muhiddin was optimistic the player would recover before their Sunday match against last year’s runner-up Sofapaka at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

Bandari have been training at Serani after their home ground, Mbaraki Sports Club, was closed down for minor renovations.

The playground is expected to be re-opened for use tomorrow. The team leaves Mombasa on Friday for the league opener.  [Ernest Ndunda]

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