After seeing his team drop points for the second game in a row in the 0-0 stalemate against Administration Police in a National Super League (NSL) fixture played on Wednesday 11 October, Nakuru AllStars head coach Ezekiel Akwana has thrown in the towel as far as sealing qualification to the Kenya Premier League (KPL) is concerned.
The result left AllStars ninth on the log with 39 points, having registered just one win from their last six league games; a dismal run that has seen them mathematically drop out of the running for a top flight berth and the former Sofapaka coach admitted as much.
"KPL for us is over. It was our aim when we started the season but we have failed to make it happen. What we now have to do is make sure we finish the season strongly by winning as many games as we can. That will give us confidence going into next season," said the former tactician after the game at Camp Toyoyo.
The game against AP had AllStars create plenty of chances but fell short when it came to scoring, which Akwana blames on a lack of experience in his squad.
"I think defensivley we did okay; we got a clean sheet away from home. Our undoing was in the final third where we were not aggressive enough with the ball.
"The squad is full of young players who still need time to be nurtured so it is up to me and my bench to sharpen them. Hopefuly before the season ends we will see an improvement on that front," he said.
AllStars haven't done particularly too badly this season. Striker Peter Kamau is the clubs topscorer with seven goals to his name. The team has found the back of the net a total of 35 times, only six teams have scored more than them. Leaders KCB have scored four more, at 39.
In the other game of the day at the same venue, Ushuru FC edged out Kibera Black Stars with both teams ,coaches lamenting the aggressivness.
"Our game plan was basically to keep the ball on the floor. We knew they would struggle with our passing and that is why they resulted to crunch tackles," Blackstars coach Godfrey Oduor said.
Ushuru coach Ken Kenyatta said, "Black Stars made the most out of the tackles, infact it was them who were making the most hard tackles. They were the most physical side. But to be fair football is all about contact, you have to be fit to play the game and that is all I can say."
Ushuru FC went second on 63 points after the win.