In Summary
  • Ouna has brought on board 13 new players he hopes will help achieve the club’s initial objectives
  • He joins a side that has won two back-to-back titles and are hungry for a third one on the trot
  • Matano will be out to reclaim lost glory having won the league with Tusker in 2012

As the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) kicks off this weekend, eyes will be on four coaches with focus on the expectations around them in the new campaign.

Bernard Mwalala (Bandari)

Mwalala led Bandari to a second place finish last season barely three months into the job after joining the side in July from Nzoia Sugar. In 13 matches, he registered eight wins that included breaking champions Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run with a famous 2-1 win on August 7, three draws and a single defeat to Wazito. He has made it clear to challenge for the title this campaign.

After snapping Nzoia Sugar duo of goalkeeper Mustapha Oduor and defender Brian Otieno, the former Kenyan international striker will be banking on the stars that helped the Dockers finish runners-up among them last season’s best goalkeeper Farouk Shikalo and skipper Felly Mulumba.

Frank Ouna (KCB)

After guiding Wazito to their maiden top flight appearance, Ouna managed eight wins, seven draws and a whooping 19 defeats in 34 rounds that saw the debutants relegated.

The former Sofapaka and Gor Mahia trainer however switched clubs joining newly promoted Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB). Alongside former AFC Leopards and Nakuru AllStars coach Ezekiel Akwana, Ouna has his targets cut out, to ensure the bankers do not suffer yet another set back of returning to the National Super League (NSL), a league they featured in for the past three seasons.

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