Bandari coach John Baraza reveals key attribute that makes Harambee Stars keeper Bryne Omondi special

Bandari coach John Baraza reveals key attribute that makes Harambee Stars keeper Bryne Omondi special

Mark Kinyanjui 09:49 - 09.05.2024

Bandari coach John Baraza has identified what makes goalkeeper Bryne Omondi standout.

Bandari head coach John Baraza has revealed the valuable trait Harambee Stars goalkeeper Byrne Omondi has brought to his setup since joining the club from KCB in January.

Omondi, who suffered a nasty injury earlier this season whilst playing for Kenya against Russia during their 2-2 friendly draw last October, joined the Dockers on a free transfer after his contract with the Ruaraka-based club expired.

It took him a while to get into the team considering the hot streak of form fellow club and country custodian Joseph Ochuka has had, contributing immensely to their title challenge, but he has recently started getting into the team, and was in the side even though they lost 1-0 to AFC Leopards last weekend.

Baraza was quick to praise Omondi’s impact after the match, highlighting his insane distribution skills as a big weapon in the towering keeper’s arsenal.

“It is all about competition. We brought competition to the team,” Baraza said.

“Ochuka has been doing a good job. Of the points we have gained, he has played a massive role in helping get them. However, we added Byrne because he was a different option.

"If you look at his range of passing, it is good enough that he can spring passes that can help the ball get to the danger areas better.

“I think the competition for places is healthy over there.”

One of the most common themes about Bandari during the match was to get Omondi spraying passes to right winger James Kinyanjui to create one-on-one situations down the flanks, or directly find Umar Kasumba with attempted balls over the top.

Although Kinyanjui did a good job, he found himself ganged up on by the AFC Leopards players. Asked if it is frustrating for Kinyanjui to be man-marked and constantly fouled as a result, Baraza remained confident in the fleet-footed winger’s capabilities.

“I cannot say it frustrates him, Kinyanjui is a technical player. Very skillful. In such situations, he is capable of finding solutions. If he is frustrated at being man-marked, we have to encourage him," he added.

“He has to get himself out of such situations because in the game, the more you face difficult opposition, the more you find yourself with numerous challenges. He has to grow.”

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