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Zedekiah Otieno @KPL
Zedekiah Otieno @KPL

SPL round 14 talking points

Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa: “We were the better side (beat Gor Mahia 2-0). I decided to have this match in Kinoru as a strategy against Gor Mahia and it worked. We camped here for a week and by the time they were arriving on Saturday, we were already well acquainted with the conditions here.”

Gor coach Zedekiah Otieno: “This is not the result we wanted, but it is what we got (lost 2-0 to Sofapaka). It is unfortunate that we have begun the second phase on such a bad note, but we cannot dwell on it. We have to quickly focus on our next game having picked lessons in Kinoru.”

Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi: “Kasaya was not playing according to instructions (drew 0-0 with AFC Leopards). He gave AFC Leopards confidence to press us and they made us play under pressure in the first half. When we introduced Opiyo they could not cope with us in the second half because we were comfortable in possession. We deserved a goal.”

Tusker coach George Nsimbe: “David Mwangi and Paul Odhiambo have proven that they are players of good quality (drew 0-0 with Kariobangi Sharks). They add plenty of options in the squad and that is a sign of a good team because the next 10 games will determine if we retain this title or not.”

Western Stima coach Henry Omino: “We changed the squad completely (drew 0-0 with Bandari). In fact, there were seven new players in the starting lineup so you can imagine the setup and the gamble we took. We collected a point from the game and that now gives me a lot of confidence as a coach. If we can be able to train together more, and have the players understand each other well then we can turn around the team’s fortunes.”

Chemelil Sugar Juma Abdalla: “You know since we went on recess three weeks ago, we have not played even a single friendly match (beat Nzoia Sugar 2-1) so I expected some bit of lethargy. In the second half we had to change tactics because Nzoia were using the wings a lot. That is why I had to bring in Shaphan Siwa and Peter Amani so that we could open the defense. That worked very well for us and we collected three precious points.”

Nzoia coach Bernard Mwalala: “Today I can’t say anything other than that we were unlucky against Chemelil (lost 2-1 to Chemelil Sugar). We were just unlucky. We scored first and created so many chances but converting them was a problem. We came close several times, but, like I said, we were not lucky. Chemelil got those quick goals and that was that. We lost.”







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