Western Stima FC were pegged back in their attempt to continue a better run in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) when Sofapaka fired two goals past the Powermen in Machakos yesterday afternoon.
The two, sent in early in the first half, were enough to hand Coach Salim Babu his second loss in Stima colors and he attributes this to a poor start
”We did not start well if you look at the first twenty minutes they used a lot of long balls and we could not defend those so they got the two goals,” says Salim in a post-match press conference.
Kepha Aswani and John Avire were the names that struck for the opponents who seemingly had wrapped the first half under firm control. This led to a first-half substitution as coach Salim felt something was not working and needed a quick fix. Vincent Odongo paved way for Malik Dachi, he explains why.
”He (Odongo) did not play according to the way I wanted and football is a game you play under instructions, so if you can’t do that then someone else will, so I rested him. There was some slight change in the game after that and they never scored another goal,” he reveals.
The loss, luckily for Stima, doesn’t see them drop further down the log as elsewhere, Chemelil Sugar FC also took a fall in Kisumu at the hands of Gor Mahia. Stima stay 13th on the log and next travel to Kakamega Homeboyz.
This is a fixture Coach Salim hopes brings them better tidings.
”Fans should expect better things, this is football and we are going to prepare well. We play Kakamega Homeboyz away and we hope to grab the points there,” he concludes.
Stima are 13th in the 18-team KPL log on 31 points.