Bandari FC tactician Bernard Mwalala was
on Monday belatedly feted as the Fidelity Insurance/SJAK Coach
of the Month for August after collecting maximum points that
month to steer the coastal Kenyan Premier League side to second
place on the log.
voted unanimously by the Sports Journalists Association of
Kenya (SJAK) Football Commission after going unbeaten that
month, winning all the four games to bag the 12 points
For his effort, he
was rewarded with KSh75,000 and a personalized trophy courtesy
of title sponsors Fidelity Insurance.
“Belief of Players
really helped us succeed that month.
“We had difficult
matches but thanks to hard work from my players we won all and
did better which helped us finish second in the league,” a
jovial Mwalala said after receiving the award at their Mbaraki
Sports Club training base.
To win the gong,
Mwalala, who joined the Dockers in mid-season from Nzoia United,
started the month with a 1-3 victory away to Posta Rangers, the
broke giants Gor Mahia’s unbeaten run by handing the champions a
2-1 beating, went on to beat Tusker FC 0-1 away before winding
the month with a 1-0 win over his former employers Nzoia at the
Mbaraki Stadium in Mombasa.
Mahia’s unbeaten run was a turning point to us, when they came
here they were on top, winning CAF matches and I told my boys
not to concentrate on breaking the unbeaten but to pick maximum
points and reduce the gap within them,” Mwalala added.
With the new season
just weeks away, Mwalala says he is lucky not to lose his
regular players during the transfer window as he targets getting
wins in the opening five matches.
“Our strategy this
season is to win the opening five matches then put target
thereafter, we were lucky not to lose any player from first team
so it will be easy for me to continue from where I left.”
Mwalala has already
roped in keeper Mustafa Oduor, defender Brian Otieno all from
his former side Nzoia as well as Moses Mudavadi from St Anthony