Tusker Premier League (TPL) side Thika United took on KCB in a friendly match on Friday 7 September with an aim of using the game as part of the team’s build up but a full blown injury list is what they took back to the industrial town.
Five players were badly injured in the game with Kenyan international Clifford Miheso bearing the biggest brunt of the bankers’ tackles in the friendly game at the Nairobi City Stadium. The utility man is yet to resume training and his coach, John Kamau is so disappointed at the match’s outcome.
Kenya U20 defender Vincent Otieno, Wycliffe Opondo, Freeman Mulbah and Geoffrey Muhando are all on the injury list after the game and though Kamau says he is disappointed at their approach, he will not bear any grudges.
-I intended to get a build up game to benefit both sets of players but what I got was the exact opposite. I now have to think of how to reorganise my team for upcoming assignments and I am so disappointed. Losing five players to injury in a game – a friendly match is not a thing we look forward to as coaches, he told futaa.com.
-However, I am not going to hold any grudges with KCB; (coach) Omondi is a friend and the players too plus in this field you never know when your paths cross, it is a small world and when such things happen we just move on.
The match had to be stopped after the first 45 minutes. Thika United was leading 1 – 0 at the time courtesy of John Nairuka’s goal.