Coach Robert Matano says Tusker is a big club that should not be underestimated even when they take a small slip.
Speaking in a post-match press conference after seeing his team’s gallant 3-1 win over hosts Kakamega Homeboyz at the Bukhungu Stadium on Wednesday, the former AFC Leopards tactician reveals that the fighting spirit is something he noticed from their match against holders Gor Mahia.
”We had prepared well, you know Tusker is a big club. Today we played well, and I saw it even against Gor Mahia in the second half. I saw the spirit,” he says.
Tusker set the ball rolling in the 39th minute after a flurry of missed chances, and it was David Majak- a lanky forward roped in during the mid-season break who rose highest to beat David Juma in goal for Homeboyz. Boniface Muchiri, a minute later, made it 2-0. Matano says he has always advised him to have a striker’s instinct.
”I tell him (Muchiri) to always have an attacking mind because as a striker you must show the intention of scoring goals. The combination play between Muchiri and Macharia was very good,” he adds.
Majak’s solo run early in the second half of the clash birthed the third goal- as Muchiri hit the woodwork from close range, Jackson Macharia was arriving perfectly placed to see the ball hit the back of the net. Despite missing a couple of chances at the beginning of the game, Majak is a threat, so say says Matano.
”Majak is a young player, 19 years old. He needs time, with time he will be the best player,”
The win takes Tusker to 6th place with 41 points from 26 matches, one point behind Kakamega Homeboyz and one match less than their Saturday opponents. They take on second place Sofapaka next, a match Matano insists is a tough one.
”The next match is against Sofapaka, a tough game but we are ready for it,” he concludes.
The Brewers play Sofa on Sunday 5th from 4:15 pm.