Wazito FC head coach Melis Medo was red-faced at the close of his team’s Round 9 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match against Sofapaka, which ended in a 1-2 defeat and in his post match reactions, he assured of cracking the whip, especially on the defence.
Results on the pitch have not been reflexive of the good funding the team is enjoying and after just his third match in charge, the coach openly stated that measures will be taken against the entire defence, the keeper included.
He admitted that in training and in preparation for the Sofapaka game, he had spoken to his players about what to expect but they still fell for the same, as Kepha Aswani and Brian Nyakan netted the goals that made the difference.
We have issues
“We have issues. We have issues in defence and some people actually have to go home. We have been ready, we’ve been practicing and everything has been said; we talked about what to do and what not to do but we conceded two goals despite that.
“All of them (will be changed); including the keepers. That is the naked truth. You cannot be the keeper without taking and you can’t be a driver without a steering wheel,” Medo ranted in an interview on Madgoat TV.
Out of a possible 27 points, Wazito have so far picked 10. It has really been underwhelming for the team that finished top of the National Super League (NSL) last season, earning promotion and ascending with so much promise.
Unlikely comfort zone
However, Medo, a former Sofapaka and Mount Kenya United coach, takes comfort in what he perceives as struggles from other teams in the league as well.
“It is sad but I still have the faith. I am not the only one who is not doing well. Everyone else is not doing well; look at Bandari, look at Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and others. There is something about this season and I think we will pick up as we go on,” he added.
Wazito have so far parted ways with at least three members of the technical bench that helped the team to the top flight – former Technical Director Stanley Okumbi, coach Fred Ambani, and assistant coach Hamisi Mohamed.
With Medo hinting at wielding the axe the players’ direction, things look thick at the club christened the Kenyan moneybags. In the meantime, the team is set to regroup to prepare for the next assignment, against Kisumu All Stars after the international break.