Coach Paul Ogai could have run away with a victory on the road over the weekend when Baron Oketch gave his side the lead at Sudi Stadium against hosts Nzoia Sugar, but his charges- lacking in adequate experience to hold on to the lead, gave away the equalizer.
The coach sees tremendous improvement in his forward line which has been a cause for worry in their recent assignments. The fact that they can send his team into the lead says something.
”I’m impressed with the fact that we can score first, that has been a huge challenge for us. At the start of the season we worked on the defense which has now gelled well and we are looking forward to better results,” Ogai says.
Nzoia Sugar, who are yet to win a league match in this season’s BetKing Premier League, rallied back in the tie through veteran skipper Peter Gin who rose highest to head in a Dennis Wanjala cross. Before this, however, they had troubled the powermen from Kisumu a lot but Ogai’s defense had proven resolute.
Stima have Gor Mahia up next, in Kisumu- a side that has suffered two successive losses in the league and are hungry for a win. Ogai has overseen a team against the champions before and is well prepared.
”We face a strong team up next and the boys love a challenge. They are the champions and haven’t been playing well lately so we will have to be very cautious,” he adds.
Gor Mahia lie third from bottom in the league with just one victory while Stima keep company at fourth from bottom. Ogai’s men have won once, drawn twice and lost on four occasions. they take on Gor Mahia on Monday 18th.