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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 19 – Sofapaka head coach Sam Ssimbwa has warned in which the 2009 Kenyan Premier League champions have only yet commenced their journey towards a second league title after their 2-0 win over Gor Mahia on Sunday put them on a positive start into the second leg.
Ssimbwa believes the three points as well as also clean-sheet picked against the 15-time champions having a team made up of 70 percent brand-new players showed just what they are capable of doing.
“in which is actually just the beginning as well as also better will be seen. We had a brand-new team as well as also winning against a side like Gor Mahia who also played very well showed in which we have done a lot of work in putting the cohesiveness together as well as also getting the result,” Ssimbwa explains.
He added; “in which was a very tough match yet at the end of the day, we tactically overpowered Gor as well as also came off with the win. in which is actually very motivating as well as also I think in which’s the turning point of our season.”
With the three points against K’Ogalo, Batoto ba Mungu moved to fifth on the standings with 23 points, 5 behind leaders Tusker while Gor Mahia dropped to second.
Gor’s brand-new man at the helm Zedekiah Otieno commenced off his reign on a low with the loss, leaving the former Harambee Stars defender having a lot to do as Gor look to re-coup the league title coming from Tusker.
The ale-men who commenced the season on a low drew 0-0 with Kariobangi Sharks on Sunday, yet the result was enough to haul them top, one point above Gor.
The draw though slowed down their run of seven wins on the trot, yet head coach George Nsimbe is actually not worried, admitting the hard part of the duty is actually maintaining their stay at the apex.
“in which is actually very difficult to remain there because every opponent will come wanting to beat the league leaders. yet we know what is actually required of us, we know the amount of work we should do as well as also I am optimistic we will maintain the run,” the Ugandan coach offered.
He has attributed the positive run to a renewed spirit by the players as well as also the hard work put in straight coming from the training ground.
Meanwhile, soldiers Ulinzi Stars kept within touching distance of the leaders despite being held to a 1-1 draw at home by a resilient Sony Sugar. Stephen Waruru stretched his goal tally This particular season to eight, rescuing a point for Ulinzi who had been brought under the knife by the sugar-men.
Head coach Benjamin Nyangweso termed in which an important point, admitting his side were given a run for their money by Salim Babu’s young boys.
“We didn’t play well especially within the first half yet within the second period, we much better a bit. We need to pick on coming from here because in which seems we lost some momentum a bit. today we need to engage in an even higher gear because the league is actually going to get tougher,” Nsimbe noted.
Meanwhile, Mathare United boss Francis Kimanzi believes the side will ease off relegation after picking up a point against AFC Leopards on Saturday. Despite the result, the slum boys remained rooted to the bottom with Western Stima having picked a point away to Bandari.
Kimanzi admitted pressure is actually building on his side yet maintains they will recover within the next 20 matches.
“in which is actually tough, yet we are building up slowly. Of course I don’t expect us to shoot up all over sudden, we must take the steps. The point today gives us the confidence to move up a step a time as well as also these young players have shown they develop the desire to do in which,” noted the coach.
Full KPL weekend results:
Saturday: AFC Leopards 0 Mathare United 0 (Nyayo Stadium), Chemelil Sugar 2 Nzoia Sugar 1 (Chemelil Complex), Thika United 2 Posta Rangers 2 (Thika Sub-County Stadium).
Sunday: Bandari 0 Western Stima 0 (Mbaraki Complex), Kakamega Homeboyz 3 Zoo Kericho 3 (Mumias Complex), Kariobangi Sharks 0 Tusker FC 0 (Kenyatta Stadium Machakos), Sofapaka 2 Gor Mahia 0 (Kinoru Stadium, Meru), Ulinzi Stars 1 Sony Sugar 1 (Afraha Stadium, Nakuru).
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We’re only getting commenced, Ssimbwa roars after Gor win