Bandari: Mwalala has not been sacked, he just ‘stepped aside’

Bernard Mwalala has been asked to “step aside” from his duties as head coach of Bandari FC, which is totally different from what has been reported in the media that he has been sacked.

This is according to the club’s chairman Musa Hassan Musa who is quoted on Bandari’s official portal as saying, “We have not sacked Mwalala as reported in a section of the media because he still has a valid contract with us which we must respect. We just feel that the results have not been very good of late and therefore have to look for a quick fix as we plan the way forward.”

Struggled

Bandari have struggled this season and have failed to live up to the hype of the previous two seasons when they finished second in the KPL as well as seal a return to continental football last year.

They currently lie in 11th place, 19 points adrift of top spot and this is the reason why the club’s hierarchy opted for a coaching change with former coach Twahir Muhiddin set to take over on an interim basis.

Deputy Chairman Bernard Osero also added his thoughts to the issue saying, “We all know Mwalala is a very good coach who has performed well in all the teams he has coached. We must therefore know why he has failed in his third season with the club and take appropriate action even if it means more sackings.”

Former Harambee Stars tactician Twahir, who led Bandari, to its debut season in the CAF Confederations Cup back in 2016, will now take charge with his first duty  being to prepare the team for the game against defending league champions Gor Mahia on January 25.