Kariobangi Sharks’ fourth season in the KPL is turning out to be a disaster with the side sitting precariously in the relegation zone having won only one of their opening 12 games and head coach William Muluya has urged his charges to build on their own confidence as he cannot do it all by himself.
Having lead Sharks to a third place finish in the league and a Shield Cup final in his and the club’s debut campaign in the top tier, Muluya followed up the success with a Shield win and a CAF Confederations Cup debut in 2018 before claiming the club’s first title outside Kenya when they won the 2019 SportPesa Super Cup in Tanzania.
The astronomical rise saw many predict a league crown for Sharks this season but it hasn’t been the case with relegation now a distinct possibility.
But Muluya believes the players at his disposal are more than capable of beating the drop if they can work on their confidence levels.
He said, “My players have to work on their own confidence first then I will come in and push on it. What we have here is an issue of a lack in confidence. Poor results do that to a team so we have to improve on our performances and get positive results and then the confidence will return.
“I just have to observe the players who are mentally strong and use them to lift the others up.”
Sharks suffered their heaviest loss in the topflight on Saturday when they fell 5-2 to KCB at Kasarani and now have conceded 18 goals to have a goal difference of -9.
Positives from KCB hiding
Despite the upset, Muluya saw signs of improvement from his team who have struggled to get goals as they have in defending them.
“We scored twice which is a big improvement and also led at some point in the game. It hasn’t been that way in many of our matches so there are plenty of positives to take from the KCB game,” he said.
The former Mathare United Team Manager is not only facing pressure from the team’s results but also from the fans who a section of them on Saturday voiced their concerns questioning if he is the right man to take the club forward.
Another uphill battle lies in wait on Saturday in round 13 when Sharks will play host to high flying Tusker.