Paul Nkata @KPL
Paul Nkata @KPL

Bandari’s Nkata relishing start of new season

New Bandari coach Paul Nkata has said he is equal to the challenge of leading the coast-based side to glory as they announced the conclusion of their recruitment process ahead of the new season.

Nkata, who has been attending a coaching course in his native Uganda, is expected back in Kenya on Wednesday to take over the Mombasa club. His assistants George Owoko and Ken Odhiambo have been handling the team.

Although he hasn’t met the new players yet, Nkata told that all the departments that needed strengthening had been firmed up, and there would, therefore, be no more additions until the next transfer window.

“I am looking forward to the new season. I have never been afraid of challenges. I know there are a lot of expectations especially after what I did with Tusker, but that is not enough to make me nervous or worried. Football is football. There are moments when things go well and many other times when nothing goes well,” said Nkata, who defied the prediction of pundits to win the 2016 league title with the brewers.

He added: “For me, the most important thing is to understand the players here, because it is only after I understand their qualities and capabilities that I can go about drafting a formula that will help us achieve the objectives we’ve set. I think it is too early to make any predictions.”

Bandari have brought in a number of quality players including the Gor Mahia duo of Enock Agwanda and Jacob Keli, Sofapaka’s Noah Abich, Tyrone Owino from Nakumatt and Michael Luvutsi from Thika United as they continue in their long quest to bag an elusive Kenyan championship.


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