Seven weeks have gone and Posta Rangers is the only team in the Kenyan premier League (KPL) yet to lose a game thanks to some sacrilegious defending sessions. The entrance of coach Sammy Omollo, a defender in his hey days, at the helm of the team has seen some rapid rise and anyone who has worked with Pamzo before will tell you the trend is set to continue.
Like the monthly visit of your decrepit grandparents, Omolo sees his upcoming clash against AFC Leopards as another opportunity to wreak mischief and woe on those around him and try and widen the gap between him and the chasing party. The defensive mentality can be attributed to the technical bench set up too. Apart from Omollo who played as a defender in his days, Pascal Ochieng was a defender too with Lawrence Webo, the current goalkeeper trainer having spent his playing days between the sticks.
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“Defence win you games but we have to work on our attack too. We won’t be depending on a goal each in every game every week because time might catch up with us but that said, we have to ensure we don’t concede goals too,” Omollo said last week after their 1-0 win over Kariobangi Sharks.
The statement acknowledges that Omollo’s main strength lies in defence and despite a weakness in the number of goals his team is scoring, he is much more obsessed of not shipping goals than scoring in the opposition net; a dangerous tactic but one that has won championships. Dennis Mukaisi is the team's top scorer with two goals; all being winning goals. They have only scored six goals this season, the same number as 15th placed Thika United.
The same cannot be said of Stewart Hall’s AFC Leopards whose set his side, in his last games, with an attacking set up. Hall demands that his full backs join in attack with a three at the back and with the second best scorer in the league right now, he is going to fancy having ago at the Rangers defence.
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Their blip against Sofapaka in week seven, Chemeli Sugar FC and Ulinzi Stars earlier in the season showed that they can be locked out of the game too. In the Chemelil and Ulinzi Stars ties, both teams set up to stop the Leopard attacking from the flanks with Chemelil adding steel to their side by ensuring that chief orchestra Allan Kateregga was alienated out of the game-the result, a resounding 2-0 to the Abdalla Juma side.
In other matches of the week, on Saturday 29 April Muhoroni youth host Tusker FC, Chemelil Sugar FC takes Kariobangi Sharks, Nzoia Sugar FC welcomes Sony Sugar at the Sudi Stadium. On Sunday, Thika United takes on Western Stima, Ulinzi Stars entertain Zoo Kericho, Gor Mahia takes on Mathare United.
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