Mathare United coach Salim Ali has picked positives from their opening day 4-2 loss to Sofapaka FC.
Mathare were playing for the first this season following their dispute with the Football Kenya Federation on the broadcast right and were only reinstated in the league by Sports Disputes Tribunal and despite the heavy loss, Ali said he couldn’t fault his players owing to the things that have happened in the lead up to their game.
“I was very impressed with how my players performed. It was a difficult match given everything that has happened in the lead-up to our first game of the season and I cannot fault my players for the loss. They gave everything and as a coach that is what you want.
“The score line looks as if we were played off the pitch but that just wasn’t the case. We caused Sofa plenty of problems going forward, especially in the second half and we were almost close to sealing an incredible comeback with the scores at 3-2, but sadly it never quite happened.
“We now have to recover quick as we play again on Thursday. Yesterday’s performance gives us immense confidence and motivation,” Ali is quoted by the club’s media team.
The team will hope that they can recover for the setback against Gor Mahia whom they face next in the league.