Reason for Bernard Mwalala missing the Ulinzi Stars, Kenya Police stalemate

Bernard Mwalala (L) with assistant coach Vincent Otieno(R) who was on the touchline in his place. Photo Credit: Timothy Olobulu

FKFPL Reason for Bernard Mwalala missing the Ulinzi Stars, Kenya Police stalemate

Mark Kinyanjui 13:52 - 27.05.2023

Speculation in the last fortnight or so has been swirling around claiming Mwalala is unsettled at the club.

As Ulinzi Stars bravely fought back from a lackluster first 60 minutes against Kenya Police FC to level the scores through Stephen Etyang, eyebrows were raised as to why head coach Bernard Mwalala was missing from the touchline.

Assistant head coach Vincent Otieno was the one barking orders at his players from the touchline. It caused genuine concern amongst fans, journalists, and neutrals alike.

Quizzed about his whereabouts, Otieno said, “Mwalala was not feeling well but he will be available for the next game against Gor Mahia.”

Last Friday, the day before their FKF Cup semi-final encounter with Tusker, Mwalala allegedly told his players he would be leaving regardless of the outcome against the Brewers.

However, in the aftermath of the match, Mwalala revealed he was fully committed to the course at Ulinzi Stars and focusing on getting third in the FKF Cup as well as a top-five finish.

It was therefore surprising to see him miss the Disciplined Forces Derby on Friday, but concerned parties have no reason to panic.

Mwalala previously served as head coach of Kakamega Homeboyz, who he guided to a second-place finish last season and Bandari, who he won the FKF Cup with in 2019.