Reality check on Thika Queens as coach Juma sounds warning

Thika Queens FC head coach Benta Achieng doesn’t think her players did badly in their 1-0 home loss to visiting Kisumu All Starlets side at the Thika sub-county stadium yesterday.

While speaking to the Football Kenya Federation media after the match, the Queens tactician only rues playing behind the ball as a major undoing in the loss.

”The way I see it the game was good. This loss makes us aware of where we are as a team and we have to work hard.

”We played so much in our half and we will try to advance more and adopt a high pressing game. The goal we conceded the defenders thought it was offside but it wasn’t,” she says.

Her opposite number coach Juma Saidi however, attributes the crucial win to his intensity of training with the girls from Kisumu. A lone Mercy Airo strike was the birth of three crucial points against a former champion of the league.

Part of the action from Thika Queens and Kisumu All Starlets [IMAGE-FKF]

”We trained hard and the girls were prepared for the match. It’s the third time playing against Thika and what I knew is that they are tactically good in terms of passes so I trained on transition and tried to keep the ball,” says Juma.

The coach further believes that there could be an upset served this year as regards the league title and warned seasoned sides to watch out.

”This season people should watch out because it’s not that easy,” he concludes.

The victory takes Starlets to 3rd on the log pending Sunday fixtures while Thika Queens drop to 4th and have to make amends in their next clash against Mathare United Women on March 30th. Starlets, on the other hand, take Mathare this afternoon.