NAIROBI, Kenya, April 6- Sony Sugar FC are in for the backlash after Kenyan Premier League (KPL) leaders, Tusker lost their unbeaten run to Sofapaka on Tuesday.
Tusker coach, Samuel Omolo who was brought in at the end of last season to reclaim the crown the Brewers last won in 2007 after James Nandwa was given the boot, insists his side still have a starring role to play in the title race.
“We are going to take each game as it comes and we really tried our level best considering we were playing against a big team. The turning point was when they got the penalty, I would have loved to watch it again but nevertheless, we played well,” Omolo said.
On the end of the unbeaten run that had seen Tusker beat AFC Leopards, Congo United, Mathare United and Chemelil, Omolo added, “These things you have to be prepared and we are going to take it from there we’ll just keep our mentality, try to work hard.
“There is no pressure about it but it depends with our character, how we are going to face our next match and I believe we have a strong character. Our next match against Sony we’ll give our best so that we can go in the right direction.”
Omolo insisted his side did not come second best to title rivals Sofapaka in the Brewer’s first crunch encounter of the season.
“I don’t think we lost, we had a good game and created many chances. It’s only that we did not take our chances, they also had theirs but unfortunately, we did not take our chances. We tried to correct our tactical mistakes but the gas went down in our team.”
Dependable teenage international forward, Paul Were missed the match after suffering from a bug while playing for Kenya in Nigeria last week and during the game, another forward, Dennis Mukaisi pulled out injured.
“We were forced to push our captain forward but this did not work,” Omolo rued.
Attacker George Midenyo, who was at the heart of Tusker’s best chances expressed,
“Nothing went our best was not enough not our day. They have a strong midfield that was difficult to break and there were few passes coming forward.
“I don’t think it will affect our confidence since we did not lose our lives; only three points and we have to focus on our remaining games starting with Sony. There are so many games to play and this is only the fifth match.”
Tusker face Sony at Awendo Green Stadium on Saturday hoping to repeat their showing on their last visit to the sugar belt when they whelped Chemelil Sugar 3-0.
The brewers have a two point cushion from Sofapaka who beat them courtesy of a 75th minute John Baraza penalty on 12 points.