Muloma: We should take the lessons from Sony loss

Midfielder Churchill Muloma in a pre match pep talk with head coach Dunstan Nyaudo ahead of the Sony Sugar game on Sunday 11th February

Midfielder Churchill Muloma concurs that the loss to Sony Sugar in the Sunday 11th February Kenyan Premier League (KPL) encounter did not reflect the true picture of the game but has called on team mates to take the lessons from the defeat at Awendo Green Stadium.

A first half strike from Clinton Omondi settled the game as the hosts withstood a barrage of attacks, defending in numbers to see out an eighth straight game without losing to Ulinzi Stars and Muloma believes the loss gave them a picture of what to address as the team resumes training on Tuesday 13th February.

Taking lessons

“We tried our best and I believe the performance was good but we were unlucky; we will go back to training regretting the chances we missed but also taking lessons from the defeat. They got one good chance and made full use while on our part, we created a plenty but missed.

“We have to give them credit as well; they are a good team and to defend that way is not easy,” he said.

Ulinzi Stars stamped full authority in the game in the second half but that wasn’t enough to win them the game.

Two penalty appeals by Ulinzi were not heeded by referee George Mwai and a red card to Sony forward Yema Mwana were testimony of how tough the game was and as Muloma puts it, that is now behind them and they are focused on upcoming matches.

In the past

“They overpowered us with the long balls in the first half but we spoke and came back with a better strategy in the second half and we won most of the second balls though we could not score. We played well, but as this game proved, sometimes you can play well but fail to win.

“That is in the past now anyway and we hope to train well and win the next game,” he noted.

Next up for Ulinzi is Mathare United, a team that has a 100% record from the opening two matches of the season. Last year, Mathare United toured Nakuru and left with a convincing 1 – 5 loss but in his experience, Muloma knows they are up against a tougher opponent this time.

“Mathare United have done well so far and they will be keen not to get another loss like it happened last year. That will be another tough match, but of course there are no simple games in this league. It is all about getting to the game with the right mentality and readiness to fight,” he added.


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