Kimanzi revels in Stima win

Francis Kimanzi believes the 2-1 win over Western Stima is key to our relegation battle.

Francis Kimanzi believes the 2-1 win over Western Stima is key in our surge away from the relegation zone as the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) heads into the homestretch.

Super sub Elijah Mwanzia scored the winner on the 89th minute to spark wild celebrations at the Ruaraka Grounds on Saturday. Chrispin Oduor had opened the scoring in the 13th minute before Robert Achema resotred parity for the visitors in the 72nd minute.

Advantage

“It was an important match because we are trapped at the bottom and we were meeting a team that is closely behind us. 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 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,” said Kimanzi.

This was the second time Mwanzia came off the bench to find the net and Kimanzi spoke glowingly of the youngster alongside the other second half inclusions Derrick Onyango and Brian Nyakan.

Prepared

“These are not just substitutes who follow the group. They have been prepared and they know their job. They combine very well and this is because we work on these partnerships in training.

“We succeeded in Mombasa (against Bandari) with some good calculations with our substitutes. We also made some good calculations and that shows that every day we are growing,” added Kimanzi.

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