NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) FC Head Coach Leonard Saleh is determined to earn promotion back to the SportPesa Premier League (SPL) to escape the notoriously difficult second division.
The former high-flying top flight side have spent the last two seasons in the National Super League (NSL) that has little regard for reputation and Saleh cannot wait to end the nightmare.
“The lower tier leagues all over the world are the toughest and most physical. To say that teams dread playing here is an understatement,” Saleh lamented.
Fifth-placed KCB crushed GFE 105 in their last NSL outing to increase their tally to 39 points, eight adrift of leaders Vihiga United having played 20.
The Bankers are only four points adrift of the second automatic promotion place occupied by Nairobi Stima FC and Saleh has rallied his players to dig in for the SPL push.
“We have new additions to the team and every player will play a crucial role in our course,” said Saleh.
Saleh was re-hired as KCB head coach in March 2016 after stints with SPL sides Posta Rangers FC and Kakamega Homeboyz FC.
Having helped Homeboyz earn promotion back to the SPL in 2015, he came in to replace Rishadi Shedu who was in charge when KCB were relegated in the same season.
The Diploma in Football Coaching graduate from the Norwegian University of Sports and CAF License A holder once served as national team, Harambee Stars assistant head coach as well as coaching the Under 20 side.