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Akhulia tips Bidco to thrive in new KPL season

Bidco will open their new season's account against Nzoia Sugar at Thika Stadium on September 10 and Akhulia has fired a warning shot to their opponents.

In Summary

•Akhulia said they plunged enough resources into the transfer market to secure sufficient talent.

•He said the exclusion of Kenyan teams from the international stage only served to compromise the quality of competition.

Bidco United head coach Anthony Akhulia during a recent KPL match. IMAGE: FILE
Bidco United head coach Anthony Akhulia during a recent KPL match. IMAGE: FILE
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Bidco United head coach Anthony Akhulia has pledged to deliver an improved season after the club wrapped up the preceding campaign in the middle of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table.

Bidco will open their new season's account against Nzoia Sugar at Thika Stadium on September 10 and Akhulia has fired a warning shot to their opponents ahead of the encounter.

“We've beefed up the squad and we expect a far much better performance than what we experienced last season,” Akhulia said.

Akhulia said they plunged enough resources into the transfer market in search of quality and experience. 

“During the transfer window, we blended youth and experience and strengthened all the departments including the goalkeeping unit. We believe we have plugged all the gaping gaps we witnessed last season,” he added.

Akhulia called on the relevant authorities to expedite the process of seeking an amicable solution to the existing impasse between the world football governing body, Fifa and the government even as the Transition Committee's mandate lapsed yesterday.

He said the exclusion of Kenyan teams from the international stage only served to compromise the quality of competition.

“The existing situation is not very good for the growth of football in our country. It's difficult for a coach to plan ahead with so much uncertainty going on.

“The players seem discouraged given they have nothing to play for. The fact that we have been locked out of international competitions has reduced the excitement that comes with competition,” Akhulia said.

Bidco will be appearing on the topflight stage for the third consecutive year after gaining promotion alongside Nairobi City Stars and Kenya Police in 2020.

They secured promotion after finishing second behind City Stars in 2018/2019 National Super League season.

The two sides earned their slots in the top tier after the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) moved to cancel all leagues in the country owing to the ongoing fight against the coronavirus.

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