Juma Abdalla @KPL
Juma Abdalla @KPL

SPL round five talking points

The woes of league debutants Zoo Kericho extended to their fifth week of the SportPesa Premier League as they lost for the fifth time. Sofapaka seem to be pushing all the right buttons so far this season and are actually looking like title contenders – a far cry from their travails of last season.

Glamour sides AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia both recorded victories over the weekend, so too did Posta Rangers, Bandari and Sofapaka as the leaders clustered together in a tight bunch.

AFC Leopards forward Allan Kateregga: “I dedicate my goal today to Sammy Taabu (beat Muhoroni Youth 1-0). We wore black armbands in his honor and the whole team feels that this win should be dedicated to him because I have been told that he was a good servant of the club. May his soul rest I peace.

AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall: “We are still not where we need to be. Even though we won, we didn’t play our best game and that is because we have had to change our play due to the numerous injuries we have had. Two of the players should be fit by the end of this week including Paul Kiongera – who is such an experienced and valuable player to this team - so I hope for better results in the coming games, if you get what I mean.”

Gor Mahia coach Marcelo Ferreira: “This is a win we really needed (beat Sony Sugar 2-1). The last time we played in Kisumu, which I understand is like a home ground for Gor, we lost (to Western Stima) and it was important that we win there, and we did. This was a tough match because Sony wanted to win and prove a point. Wendo played very well once again and the goal he scored is going to boost his confidence.”

Chemelil Sugar coach Juma Abdalla: “We played well today, dominated the first half but we couldn’t do the same in the second half (drew 0-0 with Western Stima). The game plan had been to play possession football and be patient in building for a goal, but we had to be cautious especially in the second half. We must be more clinical in attack in our next game against Bandari and even more cautious as, from my homework of them, they have been scoring an average of two goals a games.”

Western Stima coach Henry Omino: “I am satisfied with this one point (drew 0-0 with Chemelil Sugar). The game was tough because Chemelil were tactically better than us and we also failed to utilize our chances. This year we have started quite slow but let me tell you, we shall not remain in the bottom half for long. I know this team and its abilities.”

Nzoia Sugar coach Bernard Mwalala: “We dominated both halves of this match and I would like to congratulate my players for that. Ubnlike in the last two games, the stuck to the plan and delivered the three points. I am confident we shall do well in our next fixtures.”

Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya: “I think, based on the number of chances we created in the match, we deserved to win (beat Nakumatt 1-0). Credit to the team because they wanted the three points more and worked very hard for them. We scored, yes, but I am not happy with our finishing. We need to be outing away the chances we create.”

Kakamega Homeboyz coach Mike Mururi: “The strikers did their best despite the fact that we lost the match (lost 2-1 to Nzoia Sugar) . The midfield is where we have a big problem. We don’t have a solid holding midfielder and that results in silly mistakes in that area that affect our matches. I need to sort that out.”

Nakumatt assistant coach Anthony Mwangi: “It is difficult to talk about the match but plainly we have got to do better than this if we want to stay in the top-flight (lost 1-0 to Kariobangi Sharks).


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