Mathare United FC assistant coach Salim Ali says they would have won by a bigger margin had they been active as other teams in the week heading to their Thursday 28th encounter against Posta Rangers FC. Sitting in for coach Francis Kimanzi who was out on duty with the Kenya national U23 Side, Salim says staying ten days without a league match denied them of ‘rhythm’, otherwise, the 3-1 victory on Thursday would have been bigger.
”For ten days we have not played a league match so you cannot get the rhythm. For them they played on Sunday, they had a rhythm against KCB. So it was a good show,” says Salim after the match, after which he adds that with activity, he could have won big.
”Yes of course, in the second half we had some chances, some penalties but the three goals are enough,”
United, playing for the first time since their 2-1 loss at the hands of Kakamega Homeboyz, opened the scoring through an unfortunate own goal from Posta Rangers skipper Charles Odette. James Situma then made it 2-0 heading home a John Mwangi cross and before the half elapsed, another defender- Harun Junior came all the way to make it 3-0.
Rangers got their consolation goal late in the game through Cavin Odongo in a half that rightfully belonged to them- only, with not so many goals to write home about. Coach Salim explains why Posta
”It’s all about the mental aspect to me. Sometimes when you score a lot of goals in the first half you become comfortable. Also, if you look at Rangers in the second half they played a different game, lobbing the ball behind the defense. Sometimes it’s very difficult to defend that for ninety or forty minutes,” he continues.
Of a match that takes them right back into contention for the 2018-19 Kenyan Premier League (KPL), Salim is all about taking one’s chances and ensuring victory is yours.
”If you have a chance in the first half you score. In the second
After nineteen rounds of KPL matches, Mathare United are now two points behind leaders Sofapaka FC and sit third on the 18-team lo. They take on Kenya Commercial Bank next Wednesday.