Robert Matano @KPL
Robert Matano @KPL

SPL round 16 talking points

Ulinzi Stars shot to the top of the table for the first time this season as BAMBA Sport television began live broadcast and live internet streaming of league matches while AFC Leopards returned to winning ways after nine long matches. Here is what the coaches said about the weekend action.

AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano: “I must congratulate my players for having secured this victory which will boost our chances to climb up the league ladder (beat Bandari 1-0). We missed a number of good scoring chances but what matter is the three points. We played with some good tactical discipline and we got all three points.”

Chemelil Sugar assistant coach Charles Odero: “I must commend my boys for a good fight but they allowed Zoo too much space in the midfield (lost 2-0 to Zoo). That was our main undoing. That game was even harder after our goalkeeper (Jairus Adira) was sent off because we had to change the game plan since we were playing with one man less. Once Zoo Kericho got their opener, we had to chase, and chase the game. We just could not bring ourselves back in.”

Nzoia Sugar coach Bernard Mwalala: “We didn’t lose fairly (lost 2-1 to Posta Rangers). The referee missed about six clear penalty calls for us and that is simply unacceptable. How many times did the Posta Rangers players handled the ball inside the box but the referee did nothing, yet he disallowed a goal by Masita Masuta ruling it was offside? Anyway, we have to focus on the next match against Sony Sugar and bounce back. We cannot mourn forever but you understand our feelings. We are not happy”.

Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi: “Today I have seen a very good display from my boys (drew 0-0 with Sony Sugar). Our control was really good and we created some good chances. The only thing that we now need to polish on now is the pace of the game and accuracy in front of goal. I’d like to see my players playing faster especially when attacking and our execution has to be spot on. Being at the bottom of the league is added pressure on the players. We will obviously fight to get out of this zone.”

Sony Sugar coach Salim Babu: “George Abege did a splendid job in that match (drew 0-0 with Mathare United). He came close to scoring twice but unfortunately he could not finish the game due to injury. We may have taken too long to settle in the game but we can take away many positives. We created several chances which all went begging. I had to make some changes in the second half to add punch in our attack but clearly it was not our day.”

Kakamega Homeboyz coach Peter Okidi: If you watched the performance of my boys you wouldn’t believe that we arrived so late in that match that we did not get time to even warm up (drew 0-0 with Kariobangi Sharks). We had a good game but because of the late arrival the boys were a bit unsettled and the sharpness was not there. They took too long to get into the game. Considering that, I think we did very well in holding Kariobangi Shark. Remember, going by Sharks form, they were considered the overwhelming favourites, so I am happy with the results.”

Posta Rangers coach Sammy Omolo: “I’ll admit that we created too many fouls which is unacceptable (beat Nzoia Sugar 2-1). Discipline is part of the game but my players got carried away. Yes, we won but we are the ones who will suffer because the two red cards we received means that we have to work extra hard this week and with a limited squad. Two key players are not available and we will be facing Tusker in our next game. We are ready for the challenge though.”

Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya: “Homeboyz’ plan was to defend and they did a very good job at that (drew 0-0 with Kakamega Homeboyz). Our best chances came in the opening moments of the game but we didn’t take advantage of those chances so we have to contend with the single point.”

Nakumatt coach Anthony Muthee: Two costly mistakes contributed to our loss. (lost 2-1 to Ulinzi Stars). We, however, missed to utilize our chances which should not be the case at this level. Ulinzi were a better side in the final ten minutes. Their fitness level was the key factor in this game.”


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