Makolanders coach Mike Okanga faulted his players’ attitude and approach to their Women Premier League (WPL) Zone A weekend match against Mombasa Olympic that resulted in a 2-2 draw.
Having come to the encounter as the match favourites, they were expected to make easy work of Olympic but found themselves playing catch up in the dying minutes of the match, a Dorcus Vihenda goal saving face for the side.
“I did not expect a draw. We have had a great run of results recently and had beaten Olympic 3-1 in the first round and this resulted in complacency in the part of players. The players looked down on their opponents which is a wrong attitude and that affected their play,” Ohanga offered after the match.
“We have to work harder and change a few things in the coming matches as the draw has given Olympic an advantage as they are two points away from catching up and any mistakes at this point will lead to our loss of a playoff chance,” Okanga added.
On his part Olympics coach Joshua Oyoo, clearly gutted by what appeared to be a wrong call that saw the side lose a well defended lead that would have handed them maximum points called for better officiating to ensure there is fairness in the league.
“Makolanders is a strong team that has more experienced players so managing to hold them makes me happy. Had it not been for that wrong call we would have gone second on the log and such issues really kill the spirit of players and the game,” said the coach who had quit a few months ago sighting unfairness in how teams are handled but confirmed that things are better after holding talks with Football Kenya Federation.
Thika Queens headline the zone at 26 points having played ten matches registering eight wins and two draws. Makolanders are second with 21 points. Soccer Sisters finally registered their first win of the season in twelve matches after posting a 1-0 result over Soccer Queens.
After Nehemiah Odhiambo had been bowled out by the gallant Borren in the 48th over,his younger sibling and Stray Lions bowler Shem earned reprieve when he earned two runs for his side to win the match.managed a score 29 off 47 balls which included four boundaries.
His swing suffered a bit in crucial moments due in part to the Dutch switching their seamers often thus being tight to get desirable runs. Kenya now will be keen to make amends tommorow as they look to qualify for next year’s World Championships.
Each country is represented by four players and the format is a 72-hole stroke play competition played for four consecutive days. The team score for each day is obtained by adding the best three of the four gross scores.