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Abdalla sacked

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FRANCIS WADEGU
SHOWN THE DOOR: coach Juma Abdalla
SHOWN THE DOOR: coach Juma Abdalla

A win-less streak of nine matches that has left KCB stuck at the basement of the Kenya Premier League standings table led to the sacking of coach Juma Abdalla on Sunday.

It was stark contrast to the euphoric support and cult hero status accorded to the coach last season when he led the bankers to a fourth place finish in the league, their best performances in top flight football ever.

“Coaching is like walking through a minefield. You don’t know when your legs will be blown away. I saw it coming but life must go on. I wish them well,” moaned Abdalla to soka25East.

The former Bidco, Congo United and Thika United coach was named the KPL Coach of the Year after helping KCB finish fourth last season but has found it hard to replicate that sort of form this season. Currently the bankers are the only club yet to win a match in the KPL this season with the latest being the 2-1 defeat they suffered at the hands of Bandari on Saturday.

The bankers poor form can be attributed to the departures of last year’s top scorer and KPL Player of the Year Jacob Keli as ell as lead striker Clifford Alwanga and midfield pass master Brian Osumba. Abdalla, however, brought back star striker Mungai Kiongera and Ezekiel Odera hence added Francis Ouma to the line up but neither has reproduced any goods this season.

When Gor Mahia asked for Brian Osumba, they were told with finality that no KCB player was on sale and if they wanted to make a try then they were to part with over Sh2 million. However, Osumba and Alwanga ended up at Tusker for free and Keli at AFC—raising fears that it was not about keeping them but stopping Gor from acquiring any good player from 2013 top performers If it is true that you have parted ways with Abdalla Juma, then I will advise them to go for either Nandwa or Salim Ali. Otherwise I have no tears for you,” stated Gor official Ronald Ngala on hearing of Abdalla’s departure.

KCB with three points from nine matches remain bottom of the table with Top Fry Allstars who lost 1-0 to KRA over the weekend occupying the other relegation slot.

Tusker continued to lead the league with 18 points despite losing their unbeaten record to Sofapaka on Sunday.The brewers finished on the wrong end of a six goal thriller with Danson Kago netting a hat-trick for Batoto Ba Mungu. The defeat allowed champions Gor Mahia, who came from behind to beat Ulinzi Stars 2-1 to close to within one point of the leaders with Sofapaka now third with 16 points.

 

 

 

KPL STANDINGS

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Tusker 9 5 3 1 15 11 4 18

Gor Mahia 9 5 2 2 12 8 4 17

Sofapaka 9 5 1 3 18 8 10 16

Chemelil 9 3 6 0 6 2 4 15

Thika 9 3 5 1 9 7 2 14

Muhoroni 9 4 2 3 7 9 -2 14

KRA 9 4 2 3 4 7 -3 14

Sony 9 3 4 2 8 4 4 13

W. Stima 9 4 1 4 11 11 0 13

Bandari 9 3 2 4 10 10 0 11

Leopards 9 2 5 2 4 4 0 11

City Stars 9 2 5 2 5 6 -1 11

Ulinzi Stars 9 1 6 2 5 6 -1 9

Mathare 9 1 4 4 2 5 -3 7

Top Fry 9 1 1 7 3 13 -10 4

KCB 9 0 3 6 6 14 -8 3