SPL round 23: What they said

What a productive weekend. A total of 22 goals were scored with table leaders Gor Mahia and Sofapaka garnering the biggest wins of the weekend, beating Nzoia United and Chemelil Sugar 4-0 and 4-1 respectively as AFC Leopards mauled Zoo Kericho 3-2.

AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano: “We went for early goals and that is what helped us control the match (beat Zoo 3-1). Samuel Ndung’u was not at his best and did not impress me today and that has to change. He must learn to play for the general good of the team . Here at AFC we play as a team. You don’t have to force your way into the score sheets.”

Zoo Kericho coach Sammy Okoth: “We started the match a little too slow and sluggishly, and we ended up getting punished (lost 3-1 to AFC Leopards). Everything just fell apart today. We need to regroup as we prepare to face Tusker in our next match.”

Kakamega Homeboyz coach Mike Mururi: My players were very well coordinated (beat Thika United 2-1). The passing between the defenders and midfielders was very fluid and that is how we managed to beat Thikza. Coming from behind and winning against a quality side and terrible weather – half the match was played under heavy downpour – shows there is real class in this team and we just need to believe in ourselves.”

Thika United coach Nicholas Muyoti: “I seriously need to work on the finishing (lost 2-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz). It is like a song I have been singing and it is not quite coming out the way I want. The strikers need to learn how to make good use of the many opportunities created. That is this team’s biggest problem. We had this game. We just lost it and I will not blame the weather since it affect both sides. This was a very painful loss. It was our game.”

Posta Rangers coach Sammy "Pamzo" Omollo: “We lost the game in the second half (lost 2-0 to Posta Rangers). Our defense slept in that second period. We just lost this game and have no one to blame but ourselves.”

Chemelil Sugar assistant coach Charles Odera: We shot ourselves in the foot today (lost 4-1 to Sofapapaka). We created so many chances throughout the game, but converted only one. The red card my goalkeeper received also complicated matters for us because we had to sacrifice Erastus Mwaniki, a striker, and bring in a new goalkeeper. Against an experienced side like Sofapaka, things were going to be very difficult for us, and so it proved to be.”

Sofapaka coach Sam Ssimbwa: I think both goalkeepers can effectively fill Mathias Kigonya’s gap (beat Chemelil Suagr 4-1). We cannot just rely on one custodian. Any good team has stand-by players in case the regular players get injured, as is our case, and you can see that George Opiyo (Kigonya’s replacement) used his chance very well.”

Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi: “It was an important match because we are trapped at the bottom and we were meeting a team that is close behind us (beat Western Stima 2-1). It is more important to play Stima and win than to play a team that is first, second or third and win because you don’t really gain a lot of advantage. You see, if we beat a team at our position we destabilize them while gaining tremendous against them.You have to make sure that you challenge the teams that are close to you and more important get points from them. You can only be safer by doing that. You can build your confidence by beating such teams who are psychologically dented.”


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