Tusker coach Matano reacts after 1-1 draw with Sofapaka in FKF Premier League

The Brewers have now collected 11 points from the six league games they have played

Tusker FC coach Robert Matano insists his team made no mistakes despite playing to a 1-1 draw with Sofapaka in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League game played on Sunday.

Batoto ba Mungu scored first after just six minutes. Titus Achesa was left unmarked in a good area and he put in a good cross which captain Elly Asieche tapped in. 

The 11-time champions equalized in the 25th minute. Kevin Okoth’s shot was parried by the goalkeeper and the ball kindly fell to Namanda who did not hesitate to head it in.

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“We appreciate the one point gained, we played well although in the first half we were slow,” Matano told Goal. 

“[Sofapaka] started the match with a high tempo but ended up slowing down; but we expected it so we managed to contain them.

“We did not make any mistakes, if we would have done so most probably we would not have managed to get anything from the game. In the first half, they played without an established striker but they introduced them in the second half.

“We contained them, no striker scored, which means we tamed them.”

However, Sofapaka coach Ken Odhiambo felt his charges gifted the Ruaraka-based side a goal.

“I have seen some mistakes that need to be worked on,” Odhiambo told Goal. 

“For example, the goal we conceded was more of a gift to them, we conceded an easy goal. 

“We have lost two points; the kind of team we were playing against resorted to high balls which to me is old-fashioned. We needed to stick to our game. I have seen there are a few things that need to be changed but I will work with the players and we improve on it. 

“It is about pushing them in training and ensuring we get goals. Getting one point away is not bad but we wanted maximum points.”

After Sunday’s game, Tusker FC are third on the table with 11 points from six games. They have managed to get three wins, two draws and a loss.

The 2009 champions are 11th with four points from the five games played. They have managed to get a win, a draw and three losses.

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