Kimanzi counts gains from AFC Leopards draw

Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi (right) and his assistant Salim Ali follow proceedings from the bench during the barren draw against AFC Leopards on Saturday 27 June at the Nyayo Stadium. Kimanzi was impressed by the lads despite not winning the match.

Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has hailed his charges after putting up a good display in the barren draw against AFC Leopards in a Round 14 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match played at the Nyayo Stadium on Saturday 27 June.

The lads headed into this math seeking redemption after enduring five matches without a win and the final result did not tell the tale of a match that was fiercely contested by both teams. Despite the null returns in front of goal, Kimanzi notes that his team were better on the day and deserved to get more than a point.

Brilliant day  

“A point is a plus for us after struggling for five matches. We have been dropping three points but today we managed to put that to an end. It was a brilliant day for us because we played very well. It could have been better if we got three points,” observed Kimanzi.

A highlight in that encounter was the unlikely substitution of custodian Wycliffe Kasaya at the restart. Kimanzi, who regretted the erratic performance by the experienced shot stopper, believes he made the right decision.

Pressure

“Kasaya was not playing according to instructions. He gave AFC Leopards confidence to press us and they made us play under pressure in the first half. When we introduced (Levis) Opiyo they could not cope with us in the second half because we were comfortable in possession,” remarked Kimanzi.

With the next fixture against Zoo Kericho slated for Sunday 2 July, Kimanzi is keen on using the two weeks to integrate his new signings into the team.

Stronger

“We have enough time to prepare for our next game and this gives us an added advantage to help the new players settle into the team. We are still rebuilding and I know we will come back stronger,” concluded Kimanzi.

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