On Thursday 18 April, coach William Muluya saw his Kariobangi Sharks FC side go another match without a win in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), a result that dropped them two places down the log and also took their opponents of the day- Sofapaka, to the top of the KPL table.
Sharks had done themselves well in this fixture at Machakos and even carried a one-goal lead into the break courtesy of George Abege, the lanky Ugandan perfectly set up by Geoffrey Shiveka’s cross-back header.
In the second half though, and very late in the game, Sofa snatched a point off of Sharks’ basket, and Muluya attributed this to anxiety after the long winless run.
”It was too near yet too far. I think the anxiety of winning after six games was so much into them that we forgot. All the same, they gave it their best and were a bit unlucky because the substitutions were due to injuries,” he says in a post-match conference.
When asked about his defending technique in the second half, the 2019 SportPesa Cup winner said it was okay to defend the one goal they had gotten in the first half. It’s been a long time without a win and better psychology of the players could have won it for them.
”We had attacked and got the first goal so in the second half it was all about the psychological issue and had we maintained it well we could be now smiling,” he adds.
Sharks have AFC Leopards up next on the roster, an April 24th fixture- and also against a side beaming in confidence with three wins in their last five matches. He wants the boys to be calm ahead of the clash.
”I need calmness in the team. When things are not going right, when the storm is too high, you let it flow and things are going to calm,” concluded the coach.
Sharks have picked three points in their last five matches. They lie ninth on the 18-team KPL log with 32 points from 24 matches, just two ahead of their next opponents Ingwe.