Downcast Matano decries lack of quality players at Tusker

Downcast Matano decries lack of quality players at Tusker

 Tusker FC tactician Robert Matano has blamed “lack of quality players” in his squad for their sloppy run after his side suffered a 2-0 humbling defeat  to Kakamega Homeboyz in a KPL match at the Ruaraka grounds on Saturday.

The brewers went to the half time break a goal down after Estone Esiye drove in a low free kick in the 27th minute and conceded another goal late in the game after their former player  Allan Wanga put them to the sword.

And a fuming Matano in an interview with Citizen Digital, hailed the striking qualities of the opposition as he struggled for words to describe his side.

“We have players in the team. However, you just don’t need any players. You want to have quality players who are going to take responsibility of the team. Something has to change. The players have to be able to withstand the weight of the team,” Said Matano

“The quality of strikers that Homeboyz have is admirable. Allan Wanga is a type of player that needs only a single chance to score. Those are the kind of qualities we need,” the tactician known for his uncompromising approach said.

His opposite number Mike Mururi was upbeat as his team recorded their seventh win of the season, lauding the sharpness of his goal scorers.

COMPOSED: Mike Mururi, Homeboyz head coach has been calm throughout the campaign striking a good understanding with his technical director, Alfred Imonje. IMAGE/SPORTPICHA

“I have experienced strikers like Allan Wanga and Noah Wafula in the team. They know how to get themselves into good positions and capitalize on opportunities when they get them,” Said a confident Mururi.

The Homeboyz coach is not planning to add any new players in the upcoming June transfer window, stating that the massive recruitment he did at the beginning of the season should be enough for side in the second half of the league.

“Don’t expect any changes. I have good and quality players whom I believe will be able to produce good performances in the second leg of the season,” added Mururi.

Former Tusker FC captain James Situma and striker  Wanga returned back to Ruaraka to condemn their former employer to another defeat as lady luck swung  for Homeboyz .

The latter scored a diving header four minutes to the end of regular time to seal all three points for Homeboyz as Situma orchestrated the defense to lock out Tusker’s  charges and stifle them of goal scoring opportunities.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Wanga expressed his joy as his team gathered three points against a team with whom he’s won the KPL title with.

“It’s a good feeling scoring a goal because that is what every striker wants to do. That is always the ambition and today, against my former side, it was important that I gave my best and helped the team gain maximum points especially as the league heads into the break,” said Wanga.

Situma who left Tusker unceremoniously at the end of 2017 season praised the veteran striker Wanga as he also shared his excitement of getting victory.

“Allan (Wanga) is a lethal striker. His understanding of the game is impressive. Every time he gets a touch in and around the box, we expect a goal. The goal he scored today was amazing. He put himself in a great position and with more effort and precision headed in the ball which eased pressure on our side. We got a good win,” said an enthusiastic Situma.

The victory for Homeboyz lifts them up to 7th in the log with 24 points as Tusker remains outside the top ten in 13th position with 19 points.