It is going to be an eventful 2019-20 season for Bandari FC and the club’s hierarchy has taken the step to help the team prepare for the upcoming campaign with a week-long training camp in South Africa which kicked off this past Saturday.
Bandari are back into the continental stage for the first time in three years as they qualified for next season’s CAF Confederations Cup after claiming last’s seasons FKF Shield Cup. That success also saw them seal a slot at this year’s CECAFA Kagame Cup.
Coupled with the domestic league and cup campaign plus possibly a return back to the SportPesa Super Cup in early 2020, Bandari’s season is jam-packed and club CEO Edward Oduor has revealed to Soka that the SA camp, which will see the side play two friendly matches against PSL side Cape Town City and a yet to be named 3rd tier side, is geared at having the team up to par when the season begins.
“We are in South Africa for our pre-season preparations, to prepare for the Kagame Cup as well as the preliminary rounds of the Confederations Cup,” Oduor told Soka by phone from Cape Town.
“The team is having two sessions a day and on Wednesday, we will play our first friendly with another on Thursday before we return back on Friday.
Measure the levels
“We want to measure our level if we are at par with other teams in the continent as we have a big season ahead of us. We had a very successful 2018-19 campaign and we want to build on that and achieve even more,” he said.
Bandari’s season will begin in 11 days’ time when the Kagame Cup kicks off in Rwanda on July 6th. The Bernard Mwalala led side have been placed in a tough Group B which also has defending tournament champions Azam FC (Tanzania), Mukura Sports (Rwanda) and KCCA (Uganda).
The draw for the CAF CC is yet to be determined but the continental season is set to begin on the second week of August, a week before the KPL season kicks off with the annual curtain raiser the Super Cup, which will see Bandari contest against defending league champions Gor Mahia.
Below is the 22-man list of players in camp in South Africa. First choice keeper Farouk Shikhalo is not with the team as he is currently on national duty with Harambee Stars at the Nations Cup in Egypt.
Dan Otewa, Fred Nkata, Brian Otieno, Siraj Mohammed, Shaban Kenga, Dan Guya, David King’atua, Darius Msagha, Dennis Magige, Wycliffe Ochomo, Bernard Odhiambo, Moses Mudavadi, Swaleh Chacha, Keegan Ndemi, Nicholas Meja, William Wadri, Willy Lugongo, Abdallah Hassan, Felly Mulumba, Hassan Iddi, Benjamin Mosha, Hamisi Mwinyi