Kimanzi Slams Defensive Bandari

Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi passes instructions to his charges during the Round 15 league match against Bandari at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Mathare United head coach Francis Kimanzi has torn into Bandari’s defensive approach in the Round 15 league match that ended in a barren draw at the Kenyatta Stadium on Saturday.

The hosts missed a glut of chances in the first half and they failed to make their dominance count with Bandari custodian Farouk Shikhalo producing a man of the match display to secure a point for his side.

However Kimanzi insists it was increasingly difficult to play against a side that was hell bent on parking the bus as his side’s winless run stretched to five matches.

Stay behind 

“Of course it is the nature of our league here. Every team wants to stay behind and sometimes you have to look for a way to entertain the fans. I am happy that the fans saw some good football. I don’t care if they stay behind. They can stay behind the rest of the matches in the league. It’s their plan anyway,” lamented Kimanzi.

The stalemate against Bandari means the Slum Boys have now dropped 12 points in the last five matches though Kimanzi believes his charges will come good before the end of the first leg.

Marvelous football 

“I am not disappointed. We played marvelous football apart from getting the final goal. The process is still on. If you keep creating a lot of chances and you don’t score then it you know you are getting closer,” he pointed out.

“We were playing against a team that is three points behind us and they are actually there by merit. We are happy with the point,” he added in mitigation.

Ranked second with 26 points--four behind league leaders Gor Mahia—Mathare United’s reputation as title contenders has been blotted by the recent slump. However Kimanzi is confident of challenging for the title.

No panic 

“We had a target which was to remain as competitive as possible in the first leg. We are still within that achievement. We don’t need to panic,” assert Kimanzi.