Salim: We allowed Stima back into the game

Coach Salim Ali in the dugout during Mathare United's 2-1 loss to Western Stima on Wednesday 8 January, 2020 in Kisumu

Mathare United suffered its fourth loss of the campaign on Wednesday 8 January, going down 2-1 away to Western Stima in a KPL rescheduled round 15 tie played at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu and in his post-match assessments, head coach Salim Ali described his charges inability to maintain with their explosive start cost them the game.

He said, “We allowed Stima to get back in the game by not taking our chances in the first half. We could have been three or four goals up by halftime but we let it slip and were made to suffer the consequences.”

Blistering start

A blistering start in the Kisumu afternoon heat saw United take an early lead as early as the 4th minute when Tyson Otieno curled in a sumptuous strike from outside the area after being teed up by Roy Okal.

It was the perfect start and for much of the opening stanza, Stima had no answer to the barrage of attacks. Daniel Otieno, James Kinyanjui and Clifford Alwanga all went close to adding to United’s advantage with the latter being denied by the upright.

This dominance forced Stima head coach Salim Babu into making a tactical substitution as the half wore on and it galvanized them as they brought themselves level with the final kick of the half through James Ogada.

A more even second half would be decided by substitute Henry Onyango who rose off the bench to score the winner in the 72nd minute.

The loss left a bitter taste in Salim’s mouth and he has urged his charges to respond in their next game set for this Sunday against Kariobangi Sharks.

Pressure

“When you score as early as we did it puts even more pressure on yourself because you now have more than 80 minutes to defend your advantage and try and add to it. Especially when playing away it is even more harder to do.

“This must be corrected and I want to see a response against Sharks. We are on an inconsistent path and it has to stop,” he said.

The Slum Derby against Sharks set for the MISC, Kasarani on Sunday will kickoff the second half of the season for both teams. The first-leg tie played in September in Machakos ended in a 0-0 share of the spoils.