13 Oct, 13:02
Zoo FC head coach Sammy Okoth says his side's slow start against Nzoia is to blame for the two all draw against Nzoia Sugar on Wednesday 11 October at Kericho Green Stadium.
The home-side needed a late Geoffrey Gichana equalizer to salvage a point from the clash after a strong performance from the visitors in the first half. In an interview, Okoth admitted that his side's first half poor show cost his side two valuable points. He says Mike Madoya's miss from the spot and Lawrence Juma's opener minutes later threw his side into panic mode.
-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.
The former Kenya international has called on his charges to maintain the same focus in all their matches. He adds that they will rectify mistakes they made against Nzoia ahead of their home match against Ulinzi Stars on Saturday 14 October.
-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, he added.
Zoo sits 13th in the log with 33 points.