Cassa Mbungo blames easy mistakes for derby loss, congratulates Gor Mahia

AFC Leopards head coach Cassa Mbungo will not carry any objections after suffering a second straight defeat in the Mashemeji Derby on Sunday 19 May, when his team went down 1 – 3 at the hands of Gor Mahia at the Moi International Sports Center (MISC) Kasarani.

A brace from Nicholas Kipkirui and a late controversial strike from Jacques Tuyisenge sealed a double over Leopards for Gor Mahia and Mbungo, who in the first leg saw his team suffer a 0 – 2 loss, admitted his team’s downfall was self inflicted.

Overall performance good

As he took in the loss, the coach opined that save for the few mistakes that led to the goals, the overall performance from his team was good and from it he will have a base to start rebuilding as he looks to recover from it.

“We had a good performance but a bad result; we made a few bad mistakes in the game and they came to cost us heavily. We lost the ball easily in midfield and went on to concede; our defender just allowed easy possession even without the ref blowing the whistle; we had bad marking. These are the small costly mistakes that made us lose the game,” he said.

Congratulations to Gor Mahia

He was not short of congratulations to the winners, who now need just two points to wrap up an 18th league title and cement their place as the most successful football team in the country.

“These are mistakes that happen in any game and congratulations to Gor Mahia; they played well and won, it is okay. On our part we have to start planning on the next challenge,” he added.

Vincent Oburu scored AFC Leopards consolation goal late in the game. The result left Leopards winless in five matches and 10th on the KPL log with 39 points.