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Bandari fire Muhiddin after spell of poor results

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Bandari FC head coach Twahir Muhiddin.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.
Bandari FC head coach Twahir Muhiddin.PHOTO/Raymond Makhaya.

MOMBASA, Kenya, May 19- Twahir Muhiddin’s tenure as Bandari FC’s head coach has come to an end after three years and five months.

The coach was sacked as Bandari coach after a board meeting on Wednesday following a spate of poor results.

Muhiddin had come increasingly under pressure after the club’s poor slump in form that has seen them go eight winless matches in all competitions.

“There was a meeting on Wednesday and it was agreed that he (Muhiddin) leaves the club immediately. The board members were not happy with the results that Muhiddin had posted and they were dissatisfied that we hadn’t achieved any of our short term targets.

“I was told to notify him of the decision and I did that immediately after the meeting. We are now brain storming on possible replacements,” Bandari FC technical director Edward Oduor told the Kenya Premier League official website.

Muhiddin joined the club at the start of the 2013 season upon the recommendation of former coach Rishadi Shedu who could not keep on coaching the team after undergoing surgery. Shedu had just engineered promotion for the Mombasa based club back to top flight.

After guiding the club to their best ever season in top flight last year where they finished fourth in the league and won the GOtv Shield, Muhiddin has failed to maintain the same tempo with the club now placed 12th on the SportPesa Premier League standings.

In a past interview with Capital Sport, Muhiddin said he was under no pressure and his experience would be enough to guide the team back to stability. However, he will be seeing none of that.

The club recruited heavily in the December/January transfer window and with the strength of the squad, they were seen as potential title contenders.

Among the players who shipped into the side included Meshack Karani who has faded away since the opening week of the season.

Others include Bernard Mang’oli, Edwin Wafula, Danny Sserunkuma, Edwin Lavatsa and Felly Mulumba.

However, the players have failed to shine and the club has hugely dipped in form, even failing to pick results at their Mombasa County Stadium fortress which was a difficult hunting ground before.

Assistant coach Ken Odhiambo will now take over until the mid-season break when the club goes hunting for a new coach.

The team will be in Nairobi this weekend taking on Ushuru FC and will hope to bounce back to good results as they aim to stem a possible stump that might lead them back to the second tier.

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