Equity FC head coach John Baraza has weighed in on the continued assessment of his side’s fairy tale in the 2021 FKF Betway Cup.
The Division One side finished fourth in the cup competition only behind top tier sides of Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Bidco United, knocking out holders Bandari FC before losing the semifinal to AFC Leopards in post match penalties and Baraza reveals it was all down to the belief in the team.
“The main factor was the drive that the players had. You know most of my players are still young. And when a player is young if you make him believe, great things happen. I brought the belief and told them football in the top tier and here is no different. It is just how you use your chances on the field. They understood that and that is why they made a step after another until the semifinals,” he said.
The former Harambee Stars striker adds:
“Nowadays, there is social media and TV. They can see teams in the lower divisions in Europe taking down perceived heavyweights. It is a motivation to them. When they watch they have the feeling, ooh it’s possible to beat big teams. Mine is just to advise them and if they add hard work on that, the results come by themselves.”
Equity FC are currently joint second with SS Assad on the division one zone A standings, with two games in hand; Baraza, a four-time Kenyan Premier League top scorer revealing that their biggest goal this season is to earn promotion.
“My target and am sure it is the bank’s target too, Equity, is to earn promotion to the National Super League. That’s our target and my target as the coach. Because I have seen the boys have the ability, and the bank is willing to support them. What remains is the to make the effort of earning promotion and we have the ability,” the retired striker said.
Baraza was shown the exit door by Sofapaka in December 2020, barely a year into his three-year contract and believes the Division One side has been a good landing ground.
“Up to now I can say my time here at Equity FC has been good, because as a coach I have to see my players developing. And honestly speaking, there is development in my players, my time has been good so far,” he said.