Ulinzi FC head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has taken his Sofapaka counterpart Ken Odhiambo head on following the latter’s assessment of their barren draw in the FKF Premier League on Friday afternoon.
In a post-match interview, Odhiambo blamed their wastefulness in front of goal insisting that they deserved to get a win after a good showing at Utalii Grounds.
“I feel I have lost two points because we had a clear chance in the second half but we went for power instead of intelligence. We also had a chance in first half and did the same. So we have ourselves to blame,” he offered to seasoned sports journalist Ali Hassan Kauleni.
The former Bandari coach then added:
“I think Ulinzi also played well. It was a good game from both sides. But we will have to work on our clinicality in front of goal.”
Nyangweso is however taking none of Odhiambo’s comments; according to him Sofapaka are were lucky to end their losing streak against the soldiers and cries of a deserved win are sandwiched between dishonesty and wit.
“I think he (Ken Odhiambo) should thank God for earning a point because I have beaten him the last two games. So if he gets a point in the game he should be grateful instead of saying he deserved three. I don’t see where he was better than us. I don’t think he has lost anything. I think in his heart he was thankful because he came knowing he may not get anything,” Nyangweso retaliated.
The tactician however blames their hunger for goals as their biggest undoing of the afternoon.
“We were too much into looking for a goal that we were not relaxed in the final third. Everyone wanted to score and it made us lose chances. But getting a point away is not bad, we are grateful. But if we were composed, we could have scored at least a single goal,” he said.
Batoto Ba Mungu star midfielder Lawrence Juma was named the man of the match in a draw that left the 2009 Kenyan Premier League champions 12th on 24 points from 21 matches with Ulinzi 8th on 28 points having played a game less.
Collated FKF Premier League results
Sofapaka 0-0 Ulinzi Stars (Utalii Grounds, Nairobi)
Bandari 4-1 Kariobangi Sharks (Mbaraki, Mombasa)
Nzoia Sugar 0-1 Nairobi City Stars (Narok Stadium)
Bidco United 1-0 Vihiga United (Thika Stadium)