Tusker head coach Robert Matano has heaped praise on his charges after they staged a comeback from 2-0 down at the break to earn a vital 2-2 against visitors KCB in the top of the table FKF Premier league clash at the Thika Municipal Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Brewers went into the break heads down following Derrick Otanga’s seven-minute brace with goalkeeper Robert Mboya at fault but managed to squeeze a result out of The Bankers.
“Those kind of mistakes kill the morale of a team; they kill the team spirit. Good enough I train my players to fight until the last minute. That is the character of a champion,” Matano said after the game.
The experience coach however lashed out at his goalkeeper whose howler denied Tusker the chance of opening a seven-point gap at the summit of the standings.
“I had a serious discussion with Mboya and told him to avoid silly mistakes that only serve to discourage the rest of the team. He is a senior player and so he should be in a position to know better,” the former Sofapaka boss is quoted by the Star.
Matano believes they were destined for a win were it not for Mboya’s bad day in office but thanks to his tactical nous that introduced goal scorers Humphrey Mieno and Jackson Macharia to secure the draw.
“We gifted them two easy goals. We should have won this match but we were punished because of silly mistakes,” said an aggravated Matano.
Tusker have staged remarkable comebacks in the recent past over strong opposition (Ulinzi Stars, Gor Mahia and KCB) and Matano opines it is all down to their tailored mentality.
“You have to build a strong mentality; you have to fight. When you are strong mentally, physically you will be okay. We are prepared mental to play those matches against strong opposition, that is why we are playing like this,” said the tactician.