Salim: Omulanga can only get better

Mathare United forward Klinsman Omulanga (left) beats Kariobangi Sharks defender Samuel Olwande during their Kenyan Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Mathare United settled for a barren draw with Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday but there was a positive coach Salim Ali drew from the Slum Derby.

While there were no goals for Mathare, chances were in plenty but went unconverted. Klinsman Omulanga, introduced for the injured Chris Ochieng in the 20th minute, was one of the forwards culpable for missed chances but Salim insists the forward is on the right track. 

“The game plan was to have Ochieng run them rugged with his physicality for about an hour and then have Omulanga come in and do the same for the final minutes but it did not go quite to plan. But I am happy with what I saw from Omulanga.

Tremendous

“He did not have a proper pre-season with us but has improved tremendously to get to the level of the other players. He had chances where he could have scored and I am happy that he got himself in those positions, it shows that he is heading in the right direction,” observed Salim. 

Saturday’s draw was the third in seven derby meetings in the topflight between the two sides and the result left us ninth with six points. Salim expressed his disappointment at not picking maximum points but welcomed a point. 

Fair result

“Games against Sharks are always going to be tough, it’s a derby that always brings out the best from both teams. I'm disappointed that we didn't win because we had planned for a whole week to win but I can say the draw is a fair result. We take the point and focus on our next assignment,” said Salim who remains unbeaten this season.

The team now shifts attention to Wazito on Saturday, October 5.