NAIROBI, Kenya- Posta Rangers FC Head Coach Sammy Omollo blasted Thika United FC for their ‘time wasting’ tactics during their pulsating 2-2 Sportpesa Premier League (SPL) draw on Saturday.
The hosts took a first half lead through a Shami Kibwana brace before Rangers fought back through John Nairuka and the equaliser from Kennedy Otieno at the death.
Omollo accused Thika players of faking injuries during the entire second half led singling out their goalkeeper Eliud Emase.
“It’s bad strategy for any team leading to start wasting time. You can waste time but it can cause damage. We scored in the added time meaning had they not wasted a lot of time, we couldn’t have gone to extra minutes.
“I think their goalkeeper is young and he will continue learning from his mistakes. It was such carelessness that cost them a deserved win,” Omollo who won the SPL title with Tusker in 2011 said post-match.
“This goes out to all SPL teams that time wasting is something that has to be avoided because fans pay to come and watch football,” he added.
Omollo commended his players for a mounting a fight back that saw them push their tally to 25 points from 14 games.
At the same time, goal scorer Nairuka has called for more game time after his decisive contribution that brought his side back to the game.
The former Ulinzi Stars FC player was brought on after the break with Thika 2-0 to the good but his goal set up the stage for the grandstand finish that saw them nick a point.
“I want to play more for my team but I’m not putting myself ahead of my teammates. We all want the best for the team,” Nairuka emphasised.
He came on for Dennis Mukaisi who won the 2011 title alongside Omollo with Tusker.
The head coach also so his new acquisition from Western Stima FC Otieno scored late on to snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat for their league high seventh draw of the 2017 SPL campaign.
“Boring was not on show today or in many of our matches. The manner we put Thika under pressure until we got that goal was special,” Nairuka remarked in denying his side are a drub team to watch.
Thika Head Coach Nicholas Muyoti rued missed opportunities to seal victory following the stalemate that saw his side remain hovering over the drop zone in 15th.
“We created so many scoring chances that we could not convert. It’s a match we would have won early by many goals,” he said.
Rangers host Chemelil Sugar FC as Thika travel to Nzoia United FC in round 15 of the 2017 SPL.