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Kimanzi: we are paying price of sluggish start

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FRANCIS KIMANZI 1NAIROBI, April 16 – After extending his winless run to three successive matches, ten-time Tusker FC head coach Francis Kimanzi says they are paying the price of starting  2015 season on a low.

Out of possible 15 points, the Brewers have only managed two, thanks to their back-to-back 2-2 draw against Chemelil Sugar and Muhoroni Youth but the latest 1-0 defeat at home to Bandari frustrated the former Harambee Stars tactician who suffered his second his second loss of the season.

“It’s a very slow start and frustrating; it pulls down the confidence of all whole unit. We still have that tense of poor start, you can either have a very concrete start or  slow and i think we are really paying the price of a slow start and I hope we can get the confidence back,” Kimazi who saw the title slip away last season when they finished third behind champions Gor Mahia declared.

Despite having depth in his squad, Kimanzi is yet to find his form after recording two wins, three draws and two losses in seven matches to languish 10th on nine points.

The coach recruited heavily with intents of reclaiming the title that Tusker last lifted in 2012 under the tutelage of Robert Matano, bringing on experienced speedy winger Patrick Oboya from Gor, defender James Situma and midfielder Humphrey Mieno from AFC Leopards as well as centre-back, Donald Mosoti from Tanzania’s Simba SC among others.

However, pundits have criticised Kimanzi’s swop of playing position amongst his charges, but the former Mathare United and Sofapaka head coach defended the claims saying he is trying to find his winning team.

“We have a lot of players like any other club but we have to build the team first before bringing others on board. You cannot keep on changing players otherwise who will never get anywhere.

“We have to build the frame work that others can step on because even if we use the depth toady and there is no confidence in the unit then I don’t think it will work perfectly. We can only explore what we have if we get back to winning ways but it’s just a matter of time,” Kimanzi underscored.

Tusker has tough fixtures awaiting them where after Sunday’s trip to second placed Western Stima, the Brewers play AFC Leopards and Mathare United, something that worries Kimanzi.

“We have another tough away match to Western Stima so we just hope we can recollect ourselves and build the confidence because we have some few days to work on our mistakes. It’s tough mentally for the players since its almost seven games without getting a reward so it’s not easy getting them back on track but we will fight and control the situation.”

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