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Dylan Kerr @KPL

SPL round 29: What they said

The biggest story of the weekend was perhaps the stumble of league leaders Gor Mahia who were outfoxed by match underdogs Mathare United at Thika on Saturday. That result has seemingly delayed K’Ogalo’s coronation which was projected to be confirmed after two matches and two victories. No wonder Gor coach Dylan Kerr was hurting…

Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr: "This is a new feeling, and it is not a pleasant one (lost 1-0 to Mathare United). We didn't start well. We were sloppy at the beginning and Mathare had one early chance which they made use of. From my players there was no vibe, no enthusiasm and we created nothing. I will take the blame for this because this is not how I want my team to play.”

Kakamega Homeboyz coach Mike Mururi: “It is devastating to lose the match when the league is coming to a close and we are in such an excellent position to challenge for top honours (lost 2-1 to Nakumatt). We really expected to collect all three points. But this is football and you learn the lesson, you underestimate your opponent at your own peril.”

AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano: “We have a limitation with the kind of calibre of players needed for such a club like Leopards (lost 2- Posta Rangers). There’s nothing we can do at this time of the season but to keep fighting until the end and hope to finish in a respectable position. Which is sad considering this is a club that should be challenging for top honours year in, year out.”

Posta Rangers assistant coach George Maina: “We had a good strategy that worked today and I must congratulate my players for the discipline and fighting spirit (beat AFC Leopards 2-0). We’ve been working hard to end such a bad run (10 matches without a win) and I am happy it came against such an opponent, and no disrespect to them.”

Muhoroni Youth coach George Maina: “I am thinking about resigning (lost 4-0 to Tusker). The players are really suffering because of lack of finances and that is bringing a lot of inconsistency in their performance. We won last weekend but today we couldn't do it because there are some players who were there last weekend who didn't show up today. It is a very difficult situation at the moment.”

Tusker assistant coach Francis Baraza: “The league title is gone, that much is clear to us (beat Muhoroni Youth 4-0). We are now focusing on the best three position. After we drew against Posta Rangers last weekend, the boys got some motivation because they created so many chances but didn’t managed to score a goal. Today they have really pushed themselves and we have gotten the three points. We just need to get the confidence back and Tusker of yore will be back.”

Nakumatt coach Anthony Mwangi: "The players played their part and I am grateful for that (beat Kakamega Homeboyz 2-1). We showed we are a team capable of fighting it out with the established sides…and winning.”

Western Stima coach Richard Makumi: "Thika United is a good team and therefore the results is not that bad (drew 1-1 with Thika United). We still have other games to play and we will do our best to remain in the league.”

Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti: "A draw is not bad for this game (drew 1-1 with Western Stima). We know we are not in a good position and we know it is going to bea big fight from now on until the end. We cannot afford to drop down.”

Sofapaka assistant coach John Baraza: “Our players never lost hope and in the second half, it was just a matter of time before we equalized (beat Bandari 2-1). When we leveled, our momentum picked up and we just went with it, and it was no surprise for us to get the match winner. That is how championship teams play, never giving up, fighting until the end.”

Bandari coach Paul Nkata: "The goalkeeper failed to get out and save the goal (lost 2-1 to Sofapaka). How can you blame the coach?”







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