Bandari assistant coach Ken Odhiambo has bemoaned the wrangle between Football Kenya Federation and Kenya Premier League Company that has led to the suspension of the league kick off.
Odhiambo revealed the delay in the league kick off has adversely affected the teams training program
''As coaches we normally have a pre season training program that is time bound but once the league season kick off is delayed we are forced to introduce new things in the training which were no there and this might be counter productive. The league remains suspended and we don't know for how long we shall continue playing these pre season build up friendly matches''
Odhiambo was speaking after the clubs 1-0 win over Modern Coast Rangers in the pre season friendly match played at KPA Mbaraki Sports Club
He stated the team was forced to play friendly matches that were not in their program resulting to injuries. He gave an example of a friendly match played against Mwatate United played at Wundanyi Stadium last week in which some players picked up injuries due to poor state of the pitch
He further added players are always motivated to play league matches as opposed to friendly matches
The league kick off is yet to be determined following a stand off between FKF and KPL company over the composition of the league. While the FKF relegated Sofa Paka and Muhoroni United for failing to meet the club licensing requirement, KPL went ahead to release 16 teams fixture that included the relegated duo. This forced the federation to suspend the league but the two relegated clubs through their fans went and obtained a court injunction under certificate of emergency barring the KPL organizers from releasing the fixture until the case is heard and determined.
Other KPL clubs that have expressed concern over the suspension of the league kick off date include AFC Leopards whose chairman Dan Mule revealed the delays have been costly to the club