Job: A tight defence is key to outwitting Bandari

Job Ochieng has urged his teammates to focus on the defensive side of their game when they take on Bandari FC on Saturday in Mombasa in Round 21 of the KPL

Mathare United are set to take on Bandari FC on Saturday at the Mbaraki Sports ground in Mombasa in round 21 of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) and ahead of the game Job Ochieng has identified what he and his teammates need to do so as to be assured of the win.

“Playing away from home is never easy, especially playing away to Bandari. So we need to be at our utmost best tomorrow, the custodian shared, “We need to tighten up defensively and make sure we are at our devastating best going forward.

“We know that we are capable of scoring goals that is not an issue for us, it is at the back that we have been struggling and if we want to get a result tomorrow and in our subsequent matches then we have to work on our defence.”

Clean sheets

Despite being one of the league’s best scoring sides with 27 goals scored so far, Salim Ali’s charges have not been at their best at the back where they have kept just four clean sheets in the 19 matches they have played. It is a situation that bothers Job who has hopes of finishing the season as the best goalkeeper.

He is the only player this season to have featured in all the matches and attributes his rise to the coaching stuff as well as fellow keeper David Okello who has been quick to share his experiences with him.

“I have been lucky in my football journey because I have been surrounded by experienced players and coaches. I try as much to soak in what they tell me. Okello has been a big brother in every aspect and he shares his experiences with me which have been so helpful,” he said.

Both teams played to a share of the spoils in a 0-0 draw on matchday 1 in Ruaraka. A win tomorrow can lift Mathare up to 7th on the standings with 32 points.