Salim: Homeboyz loss down to a lack in concentration

Coach Salim Ali before the game against Kakamega Homeboyz on Friday 29 November

The loss to Kakamega Homeboyz on Friday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos was all down to a lack of concentration among the players according to head coach Salim Ali.

Mathare United suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss in round 12 of the KPL to surrender all three points for the second time this season.

Peter Thiong’o helped himself to a brace with David Okoth also getting his name on the scoreboard in an afternoon that nothing really went as planned and Salim has described Friday’s game as a really bad day in the office.

Bad day

“It was a bad day in the office where nothing really went our way,” Salim said after the game, “We struggled throughout the game which was all down to a lack in concentration across the field.

“Homeboyz are a good side and we played into their hands with our naivety. Also, our key players who we normally rely on failed to turn-up and against a team like Homeboyz you will be made to pay for any slackness.”

Aside from the result, our afternoon was made even worse by the sending off of Roy Okal with 10 minutes left on the clock for two bookable offences and Salim has rued the dismissal as it will deprive us of one of the more crucial players in the squad for our next outing.

Depth

“We will definitely miss Okal. He is a key component of this team but we have depth in that position and I know we will be fine.

“To be sent off is in the nature of the game and there is nothing we can do about it. It will also give him much needed rest as he is one of the few players in this team to have been present in each and every game so far,” he said.

Friday’s loss continued our lackluster performances at home this season where we have managed only one win.

We face off in round 13 against AFC Leopards in Nakuru on Sunday 8 December hoping to maintain with our impressive away form.