NAIROBI, Kenya- Mathare United FC boss Francis Kimanzi believes goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya played a role in their failure to score following their 0-0 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) stalemate with AFC Leopards SC on Sunday.
Former Ingwe custodian Kasaya was replaced at the start of the second half by Levis Opiyo as Kimanzi attempted to change the flow of the game but it was not enough to secure maximum points.
“Kasaya was not playing according to instructions. He gave Leopards confidence to press us and they made us play under pressure in the first half.
“When we introduced (Levis) Opiyo they could not cope with us in the second half because we were comfortable in possession,” Kimanzi told the club’s official website.
Kimanzi welcomed the point that stemmed a run of five defeats in a row with Mathare and Leopards playing out their fifth stalemate in succession.
“We have been dropping three points but today we managed to put that to an end. It was a brilliant day for us because we played very well. It could have been better if we got three points,” the 2008 SPL title winning coach at Mathare added.
The Slumboys will face Zoo Kericho FC in a fortnight as they seek a way out of the relegation zone.
“We have enough time to prepare for our next game and this gives us an added advantage to help the new players settle into the team. We are still rebuilding and I know we will come back stronger,” Kimanzi underscored.