Nzoia Sugar FC attacking midfielder Stephen Etyang thinks they could have made away with at least a point from their Monday 1st Kenyan Premier League face-off with champions Gor Mahia FC in Kisumu had they held on for just a little longer.
The sugar millers, despite an early lead through Hansel Ochieng, were pegged back by a Francis Mustapha equalizer in the first half, and, with five minutes of play left- denied of any share of the spoils by a Geoffrey Ochieng winner.
It was all about a late lapse in concentration, Etyang says.
”It was a weak moment’s lapse in concentration I would say. In those minutes you need to be in your best level of concentration and sadly, that’s where we lost it,” he says.
They did know it was a tough match he adds, playing a Gor side against whom they haven’t enjoyed best of returns in recent years. However, the winger says they had planned for the three points, and it almost happened.
”We came knowing it’s tough but a match anyone could win. Our confidence levels were up and when we scored first it rose even higher. We thought to ourselves, they too can concede. So when they allowed us to play, we were going for everything at stake,” he adds.
The sugar millers, currently coached by Vincent Sifuma after Nicholas Muyoti left for Kakamega Homeboyz, have dropped to 12th on the 18-team log and have only won once in their last five matches. They take on Posta Rangers next, a clash Etyang says they have to win.
”We lost to them in the first leg and have no otherwise but win this return match. Also, the table does not look too good for us and we have to work our way out of that position,” concludes the former Palos man.
Nzoia have won five of their nineteen league fixtures, drawn six times and lost on seven occasions. The Posta Rangers clash takes place on April 4th at the Sudi Stadium in Bungoma.