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Football | Kenya

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Omondi disappointed with tenth place



KCB are saddened that they have missed out on the KPL Top 8 competition and head coach James Omondi says that they will make changes to their squad before the start of next season.

The bankers ended the 2012 Tusker Premier League season in 10th place on the standings, missing out on their season’s goal which was qualification for the Top 8.

That was despite collecting two very good results in their last two matches, against Sofapaka and Ulinzi Stars, who they both beat 2-1. With Chemelil Sugar and Mathare United both winning their respective matches on the final day, the curtain was closed for the Bankers, who will again have to settle for a place out of the marquee tourney.

Omondi was understandably disappointed that they could not get things their way on the last day.

“We are disappointed to miss out on the Top 8 again. The players especially did very well in the last two games, beating Sofapaka and Ulinzi Stars away from home, so we are all disappointed,” he said.

“Our goal was to make it to the Top 8, so we have missed out on our projection. In my view, we played well enough this season to win a place in the top eight, but some periods of inconsistency cost us dear.

“Overall though, with the way we played we have a lot of potential and it is sad that it ends this way.”

Over the course of the season, the Bankers beat AFC Leopards, Ulinzi, Sofapaka and drew with Thika United and champions Tusker FC, results that Omondi points at as signs of quality.

“We have the quality in the team and we have shown it time and again,” he added. “On our day we are as good as anyone and we have the belief to do well, if you saw how we played against the teams in the top five.

“Maybe though, we have a team that is not well balanced and maybe we need to add a few players to give us depth because the season is very long. The base is there but a few changes will do us good. We will see what we can do over the transfer window.”

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