Mururi explains change of strategy at Vihiga United

Coach Mike Mururi is glad that his changes worked against Sofapaka FC when his side, Vihiga United- took on Batoto Ba Mungu at the Machakos County Stadium on Thursday. Giving his thoughts on the week 20 1-1 draw, the former Kakamega Homeboyz tactician is also grateful that he left with a point from a side that potentially contests the league title this season.

”First I am very happy and I have to thank God for that one point,” he says, putting much emphasis on his second half changes.

”Secondly, I am happy that the subs that I brought on in the second half they did well. That’s why we got the equalizer.”

Sofa had taken the lead through Stephen Waruru in the early stages of the second half but United rallied to level matters through Christopher Masinza, with pressure from new substitute Mike Isabwa cracking the Sofa defense. No one though could grab all three.

Vihiga showed attacking intent from the very first minute of the game and for a team known for defensive tact, Mururi explains the change in strategy.

Christopher Masinza celebrates a goal in a past match. He scored United’s equalizer against Sofapaka. [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

”This is the second leg, there won’t be any third leg and if you look at where we are on the log, we are in a very awkward position. So we came here to look for three points and that’s why we started to attack early,” he adds.

The Vihiga County-sponsored team have a date with Frank Ouna’s Kenya Commercial Bank this Sunday in Bukhungu Stadium, a match scheduled for 1 pm kick-off. Coach Mururi wants all three points from the tie.

”We play KCB on Sunday at home and we have to take maximum points so that we can climb higher in the log. It’s a very important match that one,” he concludes.

The United-KCB match will be the first of a doubleheader at Bukhungu on Sunday with Kakamega Homeboyz set to host Chemelil Sugar from 3:15 pm.