Bandari lure Leopards’ pair Mang’oli, Wafula to Mombasa

Friday January 8 2016

Bandari FC players celebrate after lifting the Gotv Shield finals after beating Nakumatt FC 4-2 on December 13, 2015 at the Nyayo National Stadium. The team arrived in Congo on Friday afternoon in readiness for Sunday’s CAF Confederations first leg match where they face home team St. Eloi Lupopo. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO |

Bandari FC players celebrate after lifting the Gotv Shield finals after beating Nakumatt FC 4-2 on December 13, 2015 at the Nyayo National Stadium. The team arrived in Congo on Friday afternoon in readiness for Sunday’s CAF Confederations first leg match where they face home team St. Eloi Lupopo. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLO | 

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Bandari FC on Thursday lured two Kenya internationals to their ranks in an effort to strengthen their squad ahead of the SportPesa Premier League and CAF Confederation Cup.

The Coast-based side announced on their Facebook page they had acquired the services of Bernard Mang’oli and Edwin Wafula from rivals AFC Leopards.

Speaking to Daily Nation Sport in Mombasa on Thursday, the team’s spokesman Ernest Mbalanya outlined the importance of the two acquisitions.

“Both players have attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs, but we managed to convince them to pen two-year deals with us. They will be great assets for us in our ambitions this season,” he said.

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The experienced duo is also expected to feature prominently in the club’s debut on the continental scene this year.

Bandari, coached by former Harambee Stars tactician Twahhir Muhiddin, have been drawn against DR Congo’s Eloi Lupopo in next month’s opening phase of the CAF Confederation Cup.

Mang’oli is an attacking midfielder while Wafula is an enterprising right fullback.

“I am happy to be here, it is going to be great working with (the likes of) David King’atua and Anthony Kimani in midfield. They have already welcomed me well,” Mang’oli said.

Bandari finished fourth in the 2015 KPL season, the club’s best ever finish.

In another development, promoted Rangers, have snapped up the big signature of Kenya defender Joackins Atudo, formerly of Tusker and Tanzania’s Azam.

“I am heading there with confidence and looking forward to that challenge, we have a good squad and coach. We shall be difficult to beat next season,” Atudo said.

Rangers have also signed Simon Mbugua from Thika United and Titus Achesa formerly at Nakuru All Stars. All were secured on free transfers.

At the same time Thika United have also signed two youngsters Mwambeyu Tsuma and Patrick Kimani from Kisumu Day and Passenga High School respectively.