Early goals unsettled us, Baraza says of loss to Leopards

AFC Leopards scored twice in the early stages of the first and second half of their clash against Chemelil Sugar staged at the enyatta Stadium in Machakos County on Thursday 4 April, and Chemelil Coach Francis Baraza believes going down too early played a huge role in how the game panned out generally.

Baraza would have wished to see his charges handle the early concessions better and speaking in the post-match interviews, he further rued hard luck in the loss that has now set his team back to 14th on the 18-team log.

”Luck wasn’t on our side, also the first goal demoralized the team. We conceded in the early stage of the game. In the second half, the same thing happened,” he said.

Whyvonne Isuza netted Leopards opener within seconds of kick-off and Ingwe protected this lead up until the half time break. In the second half, Aziz Okaka made it 2-0 just after restart and despite Baraza’s men getting a late shot at a consolation goal, Lucas Waitere couldn’t beat Jairus Adira from the spot in injury time.

The penalty miss left the coach at a loss.

”I was sure he was going to score. He was there with the ball,” said Baraza, short of words in the interview.

The sugar millers have a date with Kakamega Homeboyz next up- an away fixture that- alongside many others remaining, coach Baraza hopes they can glean out something.

”Our next match is a must win because we still have some matches at home to play. If we are able to play the way we did today in the second half then we can be hopeful of something good,” he concluded.

Chememil are on 21 points after 20 rounds of matches and lie just four points above Posta Rangers who occupy the third from bottom spot.