Kenya Bandari tie down head coach John Baraza to new permanent deal

FKF Premier League outfit have confirmed the appointment of John Baraza as the head coach on a two-year contract.

The 49-year-old Baraza, who moved to the Dockers to replace Twahir Muhiddin, has been working on an interim basis. However, following the success that has seen him lift the Coastal-based side to position four on the 18-team table, he has penned a permanent deal.

“We are very pleased with what John (Baraza) has achieved since he took charge of the team and it is the reason the management decided to hand him a two-year contract,” said Bandari official Twaha Mbarak, adding: “We know if we give Baraza support Bandari will achieve their targets during his time here, including winning the league which remains our main target even in the current season. So we want to welcome him once again and assure him of our support as he continues with his work.”

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Apart from Baraza, Bandari also handed former Gor Mahia goalkeeper Jerim Onyango a two-year contract to continue as the keeper trainer for the side and also the assistant coach to Baraza.

“We also felt that Jerim has proved himself since he arrived alongside Baraza and so he will keep his role as the keeper trainer but will double as the assistant to Baraza,” said Mbarak, adding: “With Jerim we have a dedicated servant willing to help us reach our targets and it is the reason he is now staying here on a permanent deal.”

The Dockers further confirmed the signing of David Wanyama, Izzadin Ramadhan, and William Gitama, who have been promoted from Bandari Youth, goalkeeper Abdulrahaman Mwinyi from Mombasa Elite FC, winger Hamisi Mwaphalu from Kitivo United, and David Sakwa from Kiminini Combined.

Bandari have so far amassed 30 points from 18 matches, having managed nine wins, three draws, and suffered six defeats. They are lying 10 points behind table leaders and reigning champions Gor Mahia and will next face Kariobangi Sharks at Mbaraki Sports Club on Saturday.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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