Salim notes improvement after Ulinzi win

Mathare United coach Salim Ali follows proceedings from the touchline in a past Kenyan Premier League match.

Coach Salim Ali has hailed his charges for producing the "best" performance of the season in the 2-1 win over Ulinzi Stars on Saturday at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos.

The lads had drawn their opening two fixtures, scoring only one goal but on Saturday, a more fluid display upfront delivered the first win of the season that has left Mathare United top of the standings with five points pending other Round Three results.

Fighting spirit

After a goalless opening stanza the game came into life in the second half with goals from David Owino and Clifford Alwanga rendering Daniel Waweru’s effort a mere consolation. 

“The result has come out of sheer hard work,” said Salim. “The boys dug deep to get the win and I can only thank them for the best performance so far this campaign."

“There is gradual improvement and today it showed that the work we do in training is registering in the minds of the players. We now need to continue with this momentum as the season is just starting and go step by step towards attaining our goals,” he added. 

Complacency

For the second game in a row, Salim maintained his line-up but he insists he still doesn't have a clear idea of his first team. 

“Maintaining with the same starting squad does not mean that I have found the squad that best gels together. The team is beyond the 11 players that start the game but you start or make the bench because of what you have done in the last game as well as in training. So I urge all my players to strive to be better and not let complacency creep in,” he concluded.

There will be little time to savor the first victory of the season as work now begins for our next fixture against Kariobangi Sharks in the Slum Derby.