Nzoia Sugar head coach Bernard Mwalala has stated his contentment with the team's performance in the 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season, despite a number of setbacks for the top flight returnees.
The Millers sealed promotion to the KPL after finishing top in the National Super League (NSL) in 2016 and a fine start to the campaign had a lot of focus on the team. The season run in left the side ninth with 44 points at the close of the campaign and Mwalala opines that it was a respectable finish.
Having had a squad dominated by mostly young players he had in the NSL, the former Kenyan international believes his season targets were met. He also had major injury concerns towards the end of the season and to him, the team put up a good show.
“I don't regret anything. Being our first season in the Kenyan Premier League with an inexperienced squad I think we surpassed expectation. We would have performed better if not for injuries and the fact that we had a very lean squad," he said.
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Mwalala is already thinking of 2018 and believes that proper planning will yield better results for the team, as he reflects on the learning points picked in the 2017 season.
“There are matches we dropped points which I believe we should not have but all in all, I think it was a good learning experience for me and the players. We will go back to the drawing board and plan better for 2018, this season was like a rehearsal for us, next season we must compete, he added.
The Millers played out to a 1-1 draw with Kakamega Homeboyz in their final match of the season.