Zoo FC head coach Sammy Okoth has blamed a slow start and undue pressure in the 2-2 draw his team registered against Nzoia Sugar in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match staged at the Kericho Green Stadium on Wednesday 11 October.
A penalty miss by talisman Mike Madoya early in the match was the precursor for a bad day in office and it went on to unsettle the players. Okoth cites that it was a game of two halves but lauded his players' response as they stepped up to claim a share of the spoils, having come from behind twice.
"The boys over celebrated our weekend win over Homeboyz. We started the game slowly, we actually put on pressure on ourselves which to me led to a bad start that proved to be our major undoing. When we missed a penalty and conceded immediately after, it was a major blow and you could see that the boys had panicked. We had a better second half largely because Nzoia resorted to time wasting, their players went down unchallenged just to waste time and we capitalized on that, piling pressure on them and they finally cracked," he said.
Ahead of their match against Ulinzi Stars, the former Oserian tactician has called upon his players to up their concentration levels and stay alert throughout in the coming matches.
"My players need to realize that all games are important. We need to be fully focused from the first to the last minute. I believe if we started the game game with the tempo we played with in the second half, we would have easily picked all the three points from the match. We keep learning from each game and I hope we will rectify on the mistakes we made ," Okoth added.
The Kericho side is 13th on the log with 33 points garnered from 27 matches.