Kimani lauds his players after Mashemeji Derby loss

AFC Leopards tactician Anthony Kimani has praised his players for the effort they gave in the 1-0 loss to Gor Mahia in the season’s second installment of the Mashameji Derby played on Sunday 8 March at the MISC, Kasarani.

Leopards fell to their perennial rivals after Boniface Omondi’s first half strike proved decisive to condemn them to their sixth successive loss in the fixture.

Despite the obvious disappointment Kimani, who took over the Leopards job at the start of the year, saw plenty of positives believing that his charges were just unlucky not to get something out of the match.

Nature of the game

“It is the nature of the game where sometimes you play good football and get nothing and sometimes where you play bad football and get good results. All in all I am proud with the spirit that the boys have shown today the fighting spirit was quite unbelievable,” Kimani said after the match.

“We had our chances but could not convert like Gor Mahia managed to do. But that is football, mine now is to uplift the boys and let them know they have done a good job out there,” he said.

The loss which is Leopards’ fifth of the season, leaves them in 6th place with 40 points, some 14 points adrift of leaders Gor Mahia who look set to secure a fourth league crown in succession.