Wazito FC and Tusker FC registered wins over Zoo FC and AFC Leopards respectively in Round 8 fixtures played on Monday 2nd April at the Green Stadium in Kericho.
Zoo FC 0-2 Wazito FC
Zoo FC’s bad start to the 2018 season persisted with a 0-2 loss at the hands of Wazito FC. Pistone Mutamba grabbed a brace to take his season tally to four goals so far.
“We played well in the first half but failed to utilize our chances. We also lost concentration in the second half and conceded easy goals. We will go back to the drawing board and work on our mistakes, especially on the finishing which is an area we must improve.” – Zoo FC Head Coach, Sammy Okoth.
“Our plan was to control the game from the onset but Zoo made it hard for us. We got the goals and changed tact in the second half. I used two strikers upfront and this troubled our opponents since they could not build up from the back. This helped us cusion our lead and bag the three points.” – Wazito FC Head Coach, Frank Ouna.
Tusker FC 4-2 AFC Leopards
Lloyd Wahome marked his return from injury with a brace as Timothy Otieno grabbed two of his own as Tusker FC ended AFC Leopards four match unbeaten run.
Timothy Otieno opened the scoring in the fifth minute of the match, capitalizing on Gabriel Andika’s slow reaction to clear Mike Kibwage’s back pass to give The Brewers an early lead. The second goal came in almost similar fashion. Andika brought down Otieno, who was rushing to intercept another back pass in the box. The custodian was red carded and Otieno sent in Jairus Adira the wrong way to make it 2-0.
Isaac Oduro pulled one back for Ingwe from the spot after Marvin Nabwire was brought down in the box by Lloyd Wahome. Wahome got on the scoresheet few minutes later to make amends but Whyvonne Isuza headed in powerfully past David Okello as AFC Leopards continued to pile in the pressure. Wahome got his second of the day in the 75th minute, tapping in after Collins Shivachi’s powerful freekick troubled Adira, match ending 4-2 in favour of the Brewers.
“Despite losing, I must applaud my boys for the great fighting spirit. We played a man down for the better part of the match but the players did really well, I couldn’t ask more from them. We changed to a back three after our custodian was sent off and we noticed Tusker couldn’t keep the ball. We created chances and could have actually equalized. Tusker came back strongly in the second half ans troubled us, we had to change the system again to a back four and I think we did very well. People keep saying that we need to fix our defense but I don’t think that is the problem. We just keep getting our passes wrong. This team was used to playing long balls and I am trying to change that. It will take time but we are working on it.” – AFC Leopards Head Coach, Dennis Kitambi
“We have been working on our scoring problems and I think we saw the fruits against AFC Leopards today. We also worked a lot on our defensive discipline and had two friendlies against Kenya U20 and Ulinzi Stars ahead of this match – this gave our backline some confidence but we are still a work in progress, we will get better.” – Sam Timbe, Tusker FC Head Coach.