Posta Rangers did not have the best of opening matches after falling to newly promoted Western Stima in the first match of the 2018/19 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) campaign and heading to their second, against Mount Kenya United, head coach Sammy Pamzo Omollo will definitely be gunning for a better result.
The two sides face off at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on Sunday 16 December, in the first of a double header at the venue and in reaction to their opening loss, the coach notes that he was disappointed to lose but not with his side’s performance, having fielded seven new players in the match.
No easy game
He doesn’t expect it any easier from a Mount Kenya United side that also lost its opening game but having noted a stronger mentality from his charges in the opening game, he can approach the game with hope.
“Speaking from our experience in the first game, I can say I am disappointed by the result but not the performance. No one wants to lose any game and especially the opening game but I am happy that we showed a stronger mentality and we created a lot of chances, though we couldn’t score. That is being worked on.
“We showed more hunger than we did last season and having played seven new players, all who impressed, I am confident we will be a better and stronger side after three or four matches in the season,” he told Soka.
Home and away
Mount Kenya United fell 1 – 2 to Sofapaka in their opening game, and just like Posta Rangers, they will be seeking a return to winning ways and having beaten Rangers home and away last season, Pamzo expects another tough outing against them.
“It will not be easy; that’s for sure. They lost their opening game and they come with confidence, having beaten us home and away last season so it will be tough, but I have prepared well for that and my players know they will have to cover every blade of grass on Sunday.
“We are a new team, with a better mentality and we have to make that count,” he added.
A poor ending to the season last year means Rangers have not picked a win in the last six KPL matches, while they have failed to score in their last five league matches as well.