In his previous game at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, Tusker FC coach Robert Matano was vocal in his protest after falling to Gor Mahia, blaming the referee for the 0 – 1 loss. The tone was different when his team fell to AFC Leopards on Saturday 9 March; The Lion cut a disappointed figure as he conceded defeat.
Wai Yeka and Vincent Oburu scored the goals for Leopards and in the end Amini Muzerwa’s 81st minute goal didn’t matter much. Speaking after the clash, Matano admitted that his boys got the punishment for failing to make use of their chances.
Indeed, Tusker had the best of chances in the game, and especially in the opening 10 minutes and as he took in his team’s fourth straight loss, Matano was left ruing poor marking and a lack of concentration when it mattered most.
“We missed our chances in the first half and they came to punish us in the second. We did not show the best levels of concentration when it mattered and we have to accept defeat; we lost.
“I have no problem with the outcome; we allowed them to punish us when we gave away possession easily and then for the throw ball (which yielded the opening goal), we also didn’t mark well,” he said.
Matano had to make three straight changes after conceding the first goal but that did little to salvage the situation, after Leopards caught the Brewers flatfooted in the 70th minute and Oburu raced clear to slot home the second.
Among the changes was Timothy Otieno, who Matano had to admit is struggling with injury but he had no option.
“Timothy has been struggling with injury but we had to take the risk sending him on to the pitch, because we needed attackers at that point in time. We have a lot of injuries especially in the forward line,” he added.
The Brewers’ day was made even worse when Boniface Muchiri was sent off in the 75th minute after a poor challenge on Robinson Kamura. Muchiri had very early in the game also made a poor challenge on Salim Abdalla.
An infuriated Matano had a very dim view of the forward’s performance.
“What Muchiri did was childish; he knew too well he had a yellow card but went on to tackle an opponent who was not posing any danger. It was unnecessary, and even the first yellow card was also unnecessary,” he said.
Tusker will be tackling Ulinzi Stars in their next game.