Given little chance AFC Leopards stunned Gor Mahia with an early goal before the two rivals eventually settled for a draw as reigning champions Tusker uncharacteristically went through a seventh straight match without a win as Nzoia Sugar registered most goals scored on the weekend. Here is what the coaches said.
Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr: “AFC (Leopards) brought a different game from what I saw on Thursday when they played Tusker (drew 1-1 with AFC Leopards). I think we were second best today. Our passing wasn’t good, our free kicks and headers were pathetic. I think it is criminal for a player who shows me every day that he is capable of crossing the ball, couldn’t do it today.”
Nzoia Sugar coach Bernard Mwalala: “Our forwards haven’t been ruthless in front of goal in the last two games but this time they have delivered (beat Nakumatt 1-0). In my view, we played well and deserved to win even by a bigger margin. This win, coming after two losses, is a real morale booster and we can look ahead to even better performance.”
Tusker coach George Nsimbe: “We had few mix ups in the attackers but I will sort out the issue as we head into our next fixture (drew 1-1 with Kakamega Homeboyz. We need to urgently get out of this rut.”
Bandari coach Paul Nkata: “We missed many scoring opportunities today and we also threw away a one goal lead twice (drew2-2 with Mathare United). Conceding in the last moments of the game is really painful. These were our three points.”
Mathare United coach Francis Kimanzi: ” I am so happy to secure a point from Bandari because they are a good team and in a respectable position fighting to finish among top teams (drew 2-2 with Bandari). We are trying to secure points to make us jump up the ladder, so to get a point here is an achievement. A draw is not bad considering we came from behind and rescued the game in the last minutes. We had our chances in the first half but failed to hit the target. The marathon continues. No match is a walk in the park and we’ve got a long way to go.”
Posta Rangers coach Sammy Omollo: “We would have wished to get all the points after taking the lead (drew 1-1 with Sofapaka). Two dropped points, but we keep on fighting. I am happy with Posta’s form since joining them in June. We are contenders for the league and we have the firepower to compete. “
AFC Leopards coach Robert Matano: “We played our level best today (drew 1-1 with Gor Mahia). I think most players gave their best and I cannot complain. Day by day the team is getting better because players have realized that to get a starting role they must work had for it. We are progressing well. There is growing consistency in the team right now, Every player is coming for training every day, unlike when I came where some players weren’t turning up for training, and that is also something that has boosted our performance.”