Stay grounded, Zico calls on his charges

KCB FC had their best start in recent seasons, with an emphatic 3-0 win over Posta Rangers at Kasarani on Sunday 29th November, setting the pace for the 2020/21 BetKing Premier League campaign. On paper, the win may seem easy but the Bankers had to dig deep to sink the Mailmen and head coach Zedekiah Zico Otieno hopes his charges will not get carried away.

Debutants Derrick Otanga and Eshiboko Henry scored either side of half time before veteran Enock Agwanda rose off the bench to put the icing on the cake with the Bankers’ third. A complete whitewash of Sammy Omollo’s side had tongues wagging as the Bankers temporarily flew to the league summit. For Zico, however, that is just a positive start and barely a pointer of how the future will pan out.

“It was a good win and a very encouraging start to the season. This shows we have been preparing well despite all the uncertainties over the current season” he posed.

While likening the league to a full marathon race, the seasoned coach urged his players to stay grounded and keep the right focus going into the coming matches.

“The league is not a sprint; it is a marathon. The advantage we have is that there is somewhere positive to build on as we start the campaign and it is very important that we don’t get carried away,” he added in his post match comments.

He also lauded Agwanda for his contribution in consolidating the lead, terming him a key player as he predicted a good season for the former Gor Mahia, Sofapaka and Sony Sugar forward.

“Agwanda should have started the game but he has been troubled a bit by injury, so we opted to give him a run out later on in the game. In normal circumstances, he is not the player to start on the bench but I am happy with his mentality and contribution to our growth as a team,” he concluded.

Next up for KCB is a game against another fast starter, Nairobi City Stars, this Friday at Kasarani. The 3pm kickoff match will be aired live on StarTimes.

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