Sunday was another good day out as we emerged victorious again beating Mathaithi FC from Karatina 4-2 in our first home game of the new season. Coach GS made seven changes to the eleven that started the first game. Here’s our first IX against Mathaithi FC;
SUBS: Musa, Makori, Goddy, Keegan, Atuulo, Weirder, Jeffo
The game started at a very high tempo as we scored probably the fastest goal of the season so far straight from kick off with only 27 seconds on the clock. Ricky floated a long ball behind the opponents defense to Kasee who volleyed home to give us the lead before Mathaithi could even have a touch of the ball. The perfect start.
The visitors drew level ten minutes later from a direct free-kick after Kolongo misread the floated set-piece which came off the upright into the net. Their celebrations didn’t last long as Willy bundled in a Shem corner ten minutes later to restore our lead. Walt then tapped home a Kasee low cross on the half hour mark to make it 3-1 before an own goal by the visitors’ skipper made the half-time score 4-1 to our advantage.
Coach GS brought on Atuulo for Willy before restart with the striker looking to add to his four goals from his debut. A cagey second half saw us take the peddle off the gas with the visitors scoring a second from the spot with five minutes left after a hand ball by Manga in the box. Oriaso was voted man of the match for his industrious shift in midfield with focus shifting to our next game on Saturday away to Bomas of Kenya.
Bomas are opponents we’re very familiar with from our time together back in the regional league when they earned promotion at our expense. I caught up with coach GS on the final day of training to get his thoughts on Saturday’s duel. Here’s all he had to say:
Coach GS on our rivalry history with Bomas: “Its just a game like any other. There’s no pressure to win but just keen to keep the wining momentum going. History, they denied us promotion two seasons ago when we needed just a point to get promoted”.
Coach GS on possible squad rotation: “Yes, we have big squad with all players capable of representing us well. Its important to keep rotating to keep the squad fresh and get everyone match fit as we go deeper into the season”.
Coach GS on keeping first clean sheet: “I’m not really worried about the clean sheet as long as we outscore the opponent. The clean sheets will come once the perfect pairing is found at the back. If we get a clean sheet it will be a plus but more important for me getting the win by extension the three points which i believe we will.
Come on Tandaza, Lets do it again on Saturday, with pride and passion.