Handwalla Bwana in action against Mexican side Chivas Guadalajara in a past Champions League clash. The youngster has received praise from his coach for his recent contribution in a league match against Montreal Impact
Bwana praised despite suffering yet another loss
By Peter Wainaina | Sun 01 Apr, 2018 18:37

Kenyan youngster Handwalla Bwana has received special praise from his coach Brian Schmetzer despite his Major League Soccer (MLS) team Seattle Sounder’s suffering a third consecutive defeat on Sunday 1 April.

Sounders succumbed to their third loss of the season when they went down 1-0 at home to visiting Montreal Impact and now lie at the foot of the Western Conference log table without a single point after suffering defeats in all of their league matches in the new 2018 season.

Good moments

Despite the loss, Sounders coach Schmetzer had special praise for 18 year old Bwana who has excelled with the senior team since being promoted from the juniors during the start of the season.

“Handwalla had some good moments in the game. He was pretty effective on the left flank and created problems for Montreal’s defence. Since coming into the side, he has been effective in the games that he has played,” the 55 year old is quoted as saying by the club’s official portal.

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For the second successive game, the Seattle based side who can boost of having names like Clint Dempsey and Nicolas Lodeiro in their ranks, were undone by a red-card for defender Kevin Leerdam who was dismissed for unsportsmanlike behavior towards an opponent and Schmetzer had a few words to say about this.

“I am very disappointed with the dismissal. The player understands what he did and has apologized to the team.

Jeopardy

“We don’t need to do this kind of things because it is not in the nature of our club. It puts the team in jeopardy.

“I understand that it is in the heat of the moment but as a professional that is the time that you need to be the most composed,” he concluded.

Sounders will be looking to put an end to their dismal start to the season when they take on Conference leaders Sporting Kansas City in their next league clash on Sunday 15 April.

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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