Salim lauds defence in Sofapaka draw

Mathare United head coach Salim Ali addressing the media after his team's 1-1 draw with Sofapaka FC on Sunday 2 February, 2020

Mathare United played out a 1-1 draw with Sofapaka FC on Sunday in Machakos and after the game head coach Salim Ali praised his team’s defensive line despite conceding a late equalizer.

“The result of course is not what we wanted as we had planned for the win and were very close to securing it but that is football.

“We had a lack in concentration and allowed a late goal but we played well overall especially the defensive line which was a make shift after the early injury setbacks,” he said.


A first half injury to Harun Junior forced an early substitution allowing Swaleh Chacha to make his debut. The change thrust rightback Marvin Ongori into an unfamiliar role in central defence to partner Lennox Ogutu.

Leftback David Owino, also suffered an injury to the nose but played on for the entire game with heavy bandaging.

“I believe the players handled themselves really well up until Sofa’s goal. It is a disappointment however that we could not manage the win and it feels as if we have lost. But we take the point and look towards making amends in our next game,” he concluded.

Mathare will next take on Zoo FC on Saturday at Kasarani; the game coming just 11 days after the two sides had faced off in a rescheduled league tie in Kericho on January 29.