Underestimate Sony at your own peril, Salim warns
As the lads prepare to take on Sony Sugar in round 9 of the KPL this Sunday at the Awendo Green Stadium, head coach Salim Ali has warned his charges not to underestimate the millers who have had an unsatisfactory start to the season and currently lie third from bottom in the standings.
“Even though they are in the relegation zone, Sony are no pushovers and are a team that can punish you with ease,” Salim said on Friday right after the team touched based in Migori where they will camp for the night before Sunday’s 12pm kickoff.
“My players know not to underestimate any opponent but if they do then they will have to learn the hard way.”
Sony have had a torrid start to the season, where financial difficulties have forced them to grant two walkovers already to AFC Leopards and Tusker FC. But despite the off-filed issues, James Nandwa’s charges have shown flashes of brilliance where if they are underestimated they can cause a scare.
Case in point is the closely contested round 8 tie against Wazito in which they had the Nairobi based side under pressure throughout the game that ended 4-3 in favour of Wazito.
But Salim is convinced his charges are in the right frame of mind heading into the game, especially after Wednesday’s win over Gor Mahia.
“Sony have shown that they are a side who can create chances and bury them and any team that can do that has the potential to win a match on any given day. So we have to be cautious especially now we are playing away. But I know my charges are locked in and ready with the win against Gor giving them renewed confidence.”
Salim’s comments were echoed by our hero against Gor, Daniel Otieno, who scored the only goal of the game to grant us with the win. And the winger is eager to continue with this form when he faces off against his former team.
“To be able to score a winner like the one I got against Gor in the final minutes is a short in the arm in terms of confidence and I want to continue and score more.
“Against Sony it will be an emotional day playing against a team I was just last season playing for but I understand it is the nature of the sport. I will, like I did against Gor, aim to score and help my team get the win,” Otieno said.
Back to back
Mathare, who have dropped down one place to 7th on the log with 14 points after Saturday’s results, have not won back to back matches this season and the Sony tie provides the perfect opportunity to do so.
A win will send the team to joint 1st with 17 points depending on other results.