Relegated KCB hand Leonard Saleh his old coaching job

Kenya Commercial Bank are set to begin life outside the SportPesa Premier League with coach Leonard Saleh after the club re-hired him.

Friday January 15 2016

KCB's Kenyan striker Chrispinus Onyango (left) vies with Roy Syamba of Mathare United during their KPL match at Nyayo stadium on March 11, 2015. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |

KCB's Kenyan striker Chrispinus Onyango (left) vies with Roy Syamba of Mathare United during their KPL match at Nyayo stadium on March 11, 2015. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

By ISAAC SWILA
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Kenya Commercial Bank are set to begin life outside the SportPesa Premier League with coach Leonard Saleh after the club re-hired him.

The soft-spoken Saleh, who coached the bankers in 2011, was on Friday contracted on a one-year renewable deal and charged with getting them back into the top flight league.

KCB were relegated from the SportPesa Premier League at the end of last term after finishing at position 15 in the 16-team competition.

Club chairman George Odhiambo told Daily Nation Sport that they settled on Saleh “as he had emerged the best in the interviews”.

“It’s true we had interviews with different coaches including some from Tanzania and he had the highest rating.

“He has signed a one year renewable deal and the target is to get us back to the league,” Odhiambo said.

The bankers parted ways with Saleh in October 2011 after a dismal run in the league, but the club boss believes that the circumstances leading to his departure back then have changed and he’s the right man for the job.

“That time, we parted ways on mutual terms because he did not meet the target, but we believe he will do a good job.”

Odhiambo said that the bankers will now embark on a recruitment spree.

arrival of Saleh will usher in a flurry of activity in the transfer market as they bid to beef up their squad before the window closes on January 31.
“We are still working on that (the signings).We could not do it without a coach."

UNVEIL NEW SIGNINGS

Meanwhile, Nairobi City Stars boss, Peter Jabuya, has said that the club will in the next fortnight unveil its new signings.

The Kawangware-based side struggled last term but managed to retain their position in the top tier league but have not added new recruits to the side.

Last week, the club announced that it had signed former international and ex- Gor Mahia deputy coach, John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla as their head coach.

Ogolla, who has since taken charge of the team, will be deputised by Dennis ‘Wise’ Okoth.

“We definitely want to beef up. There are number of players we are looking at, and we will reveal their names once we are done with every transfer detail,” he said.

Ugandan left back, Fred Nkata, became the first player to leave the club after the expiry of his loan deal. Speculation has been rife that the team could also lose its top marksman, Ebrimah Sanneh, who scored ten league goals last term.

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