Coach Abdallah Juma wa son the brink of his first win at Western Stima FC since taking the reins on Saturday against Kakamega Homeboyz FC but a late rally from the visiting Kakamega side saw his side lose all the day’s spoils.
Stima led 2-1 up to the 84th minute, having had to come from one goal down themselves but the visitors’s persistent knock on the host defence broke Abdallah’s side in the closing stages of the tie.
If they can work on this, then better results will follow, so Juma believes.
”I think we now need to learn how to preserve a lead. We had trailed in so many matches and maybe we lack that capacity. On Saturday however, we came from behind and led for a very long time.
We only needed to do that for a few more minutes and come out victorious, but we did not. We have to work on that area,” says the man who took over from Paul Ogai.
Homeboyz had grabbed the lead through Sylvester Owino but Stima responded swiftly through Kennedy Otieno and Issac Mweru. A late tactical change by Homeboyz, however, tilted the game back in favour of the visitors. Coach Nicholas Muyoti threw in Allan Wanga and Robert Arrot who would each score for a 3-2 Homeboyz win.
Coach Juma welcomed the return of key players lost by the club during the pre-season. The likes of Stephen Otieno who started in goal and Edwin Clifford Omondi in the midfield seems a timely boost for the powermen.
”We do have some experienced faces coming in and we have also brought in fresh legs in striking. we just need a little more time to gel and all will be well,” he adds.
Stima drew its last two matches, also Juma’s first as in charge, and lie second from bottom on the Betking Premier League table standings. They host Nairobi City Stars next.