Former international soccer star Bernard Mwalala has stepped aside as the Bandari FC head coach.
A statement sent to newsrooms said “Mwalala has reached the agreement with the management of the club following their 2-1 defeat to Tusker FC at Mbaraki Stadium” in Mombasa.
Bandari Technical Director Twahir Muhiddin will take over as the interim head coach after Mwalala was asked to “step aside” on Sunday.
Mwalala is believed to have lost the dressing room, leaving the board of trustees with no option but to suspend him.
Bandari chairman Musa Hassan Musa on Monday clarified that Mwalala had not been sacked, but had just been asked to leave the coaching duties to former Harambee Stars tactician Muhiddin.
“We have not sacked Mwalala as reported in a section of the media because he still has a valid contract with us, which we must respect. We just feel that the results have not been very good of late. Therefore, we have to look for a quick fix as we plan the way forward,” Musa said.
Bandari vice-chairman Bernard Osero, who is also head of corporate affairs at the sponsor Kenya Ports Authority, promised the board would get to the root cause of the team’s slump in performance and give a comprehensive report.
“We all know Mwalala is a very good coach, who has performed well in all the teams he has coached. We must, therefore, know why he has failed in his third season with the club and take appropriate action, even if it means more sackings,” said Osero.
Mwalala has been in charge for two-and-a-half seasons.
Bandari lies in the 11th position, with 18 points from 16 fixtures. The club has only managed five wins, three draws and eight loses.
Mwalala joined Bandari in mid-2018 from Nzoia Sugar FC, guiding them to the FKF Cup glory and a return to continental football in his second season.
In the last two seasons, they finished second, but have had it tough this season due to their participation in the CAF Confederations Cup.