Kimanzi Brands Posta Loss "A Wake Up Call"

Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi (left) gives instructions to David Owino during the Round 11 league match against Posta Rangers played at the Camp Toyoyo on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Head coach Francis Kimanzi believes he should have gotten something from the Round 11 league match against Posta Rangers had his charges avoided conceding early at the Camp Toyoy on Sunday.

Kennedy Otieno and Jockins Atudo quick fire goals in the first half handed the hosts a dream start as the Slum Boys defensive inadequacies in set piece situations rose to the fore in the opening quarter.

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Clifford Alwanga halved the deficit with a poacher’s header in the 23rd minute but it proved to be a mere consolation as Sammy Omollo’s charges turned in a solid display in the second half to defend their slim lead.

“Good fight but too late. We should have done something better earlier. It was quite a poor start. At this level you have to force a good start,” began Kimanzi.

Long way 

“If you are trailing after 15 minutes you have a long way to go. We let it go from that point. When that happens you have to change a lot and that changes the entire plan,” he regretted.

Kimanzi took pride in an improved second half display that saw them move the ball around with purpose. However failing to transform that dominance to goals is a concern for the boss moving forward.

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“If we can keep the momentum that we saw in the second half and correct some few mistakes. We gave way too many balls. If we can work on that then we can create more and force a good start,” assert Kimanzi.

Despite losing Mathare United is still top of the log albeit provisionally should defending champions Gor Mahia win their three matches in hand. Kimanzi sees his second loss of the season as a wake-up call.

Learning curve 

“You have to be disappointed for not getting the three points but not extending the lead at the top. I think what is important is that the disappointment can be a huge learning lesson from the youngsters,” he underlined.

The league leaders resume league action on Saturday with an away match against Wazito.