Thika United are entrenched at the basement of the SportPesa Premier League and the team’s Head Coach Nicholas Muyoti who took over the reins from James Nandwa is under no illusions to declare that the Brookeside-sponsored side have been their usual selves.
In fact, Muyoti is honest enough to allude that the achilles heel has been the attitude of a section of players despite the fact that most are teeming with talent that could take them to the next level.
“The attitude of players must change and this is a challenge the team has grappled with all along. The journey has been treacherous and challenging but if the attitude of players will change, believe me you Thika United will bounce back and re-assert themselves,” said Muyoti.
However, Muyoti who shares the disappointment of the team’s odd placing with the players’ avers that it would be premature for anyone to make a conclusive judgement on the destiny of Thika United.
The tactician’s observation is akin to advice for the players to make hay while the sun shines ostensibly to return the team, which is placed at the foot of the table, where it rightfully belongs.
“The players need to keep working hard and step by step, we will achieve the desired results. It’s my wish to have all the players produce a hundred per cent in terms of performance,” he said.
Muyoti, who has vast coaching experience having previously handled several teams among them AFC Leopards, Zetech University and Imara, also attributes the floundering fortunes to injuries sustained by several key players who may be out of action for a couple of weeks.
“Of course, as any other coach, having utility players in the injury list is the worst nightmare which means you have to make do with the ones at your disposal. This is a real challenge we have been facing,” he added.
Those on the injury list include team skipper Dennis Odhiambo, Nigerian-born striker Onwudi Chibueze, Baraka Badi and goalkeeper Boniface Baraza. Muyoti hinted at bolstering the team with experienced players ostensibly to inspire the young lot going forward in search of improved results.
“I have not identified the signings but rest assured that the pick will be the experienced and especially those who will give directions to the young players In the meantime, Thika United next fixture is against Gor Mahia this weekend with Muyoti saying that in as much as he expects a tough match, his charges will seek to redeem the image of the team by posting good results.
“We have to respect Gor since it’s a strong team, but we are determined to give them a good match of course with the aim of plucking all the three points at stake,” he said.