Bankers target top five

Published on 05/02/2009

By James Waindi

Kenyan Premier League side KCB are targeting top five finish in this year’s competition and their new coach Leonard Saleh is optimistic of achieving the feat.

The bankers, who joined top-flight football in 1998 finished in the 11th last season and Saleh plans to make a big leap in the standings this season. The best the team has been placed is ninth position and this was in 2003.

“We have a young and talented team which is capable of beating the big boys. We have always been the dark horses of this league and I hope this time we will make an impact and finish in the top five,” said Saleh after the team’s training at Ruaraka yesterday.

They open their title campaign with a tricky assignment against last season’s runners-up Sony Sugar in Awendo on Saturday.

The team has signed five new players and released three. The new comers include striker Kenneth Wendo, Joseph Waweru (Tusker), goalkeeper Alex Mwangi (Sofa Paka), midfielder Humphrey Miano (Mahakama) and another striker Daniel Waweru from Mathare Youth, which was relegated.

The team has, however, lost striker Paul Ambembo to league champions Mathare United, midfielder Joseph Njuguna to Tusker and custodian George Opiyo to league debutants Sofapaka.

It will be Saleh’s full start to the season as coach since leaving Mumias Sugar two seasons ago. Saleh replaced Yusuf Chippo at the beginning of the year.

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