Nkata ditches champions Tusker for Bandari

By alex wafula
Dec 16, 2021
  • Paul Nkata hinted leaving Tusker at the KPL awards when he said he was confident of replicating the performance ‘whether at Tusker or anywhere else’. (Photo by Shutterspeed)

After leading them to a season double for the first time in their history, Paul Nkata has left Tusker FC for Bandari.

The Ugandan coach joins the Coastal side barely three days after winning the Kenyan Premier League coach of the year award.

Tusker FC Chief Executive Officer Charles Obiny has told Sports News Arena there has been a mutual agreement between the coach and the club to join Bandari after showing intention to seek a new challenge.

“We talked after he told us Bandari had approached him and though his contract still had a year to run, we agreed that we should let him go for a new challenge,” Obiny said.

Nkata had thrown a hint of leaving the Ruaraka based club on Tuesday during the KPL Awards. When asked whether he will be under pressure next season after all the accolades, he said he was confident of replicating the performance ‘whether at Tusker or anywhere else’.

“We thank him for his services because under his watch for the first time ever we won two titles. We wish him all the best in his new job,” Obiny said even as he disclosed Tusker had already foreseen the departure and looked for a replacement.

Nkata joined the brewers at the beginning of the season from Muhoroni Youth having helped them to their highest ever finish in the league. He joined the sugar belt side in June last year from City Stars.

Ssempala on trials in Vietnam

Meanwhile, Tusker might also be losing another Ugandan in midfielder Hashim Ssempala. The Ugandan who joined Tusker in June is away on trials in Vietnam and Tusker have hinted they will allow him to leave if successful.

It will be a huge loss for Tusker as the Ugandan played an integral role in their double winning season. The news might not be so pleasing as well with the future of midfielder Humphrey Mieno is also in doubt.

Tusker though have done their first transfer transaction with out of contract Thika United defender Vincent Omumbo joining on a two year deal. Also, the club is hunting down the services of Ugandan midfielder Sadam Juma who turns out for Express FC in the Ugandan Premier League.

Obiny has also disclosed they are in hunt for an unnamed West African striker to compliment the services of Allan Wanga.

The team is expected to return to training on December 27 to prepare for a grueling season next year with the defense of their two trophies. The side has put a target of reaching the group stage of the CAF Champions League.

Pinto opts for Muhoroni Youth

In related news, Muhoroni Youth are set to appoint former City Stars coach Richard Pinto as their new coach.

Moses Adagala, the Muhoroni Youth chairman said they will give Pinto a one-month probation period during the pre-season training in January and if he impresses then they will hand him a permanent contract.

The sugar belt side has been handled by former Kenyan international Tom Juma since the departure of John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla. This will be the third time Muhoroni are raiding City Stars for a coach with Nkata and Ogolla having also come to the side from Kawangware.