Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo is preparing the team to face Vihiga United and has warned against any form of complacency
After a fairly good outing in the month of March, the team will embark on yet another tough schedule in April, with the first test coming in the shape of Vihiga United on Wednesday 4th March at Afraha Stadium, and head coach Dunstan Nyaudo has warned his charges against complacency.
The team will have few days to rest after the win over Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday 31st March and the coach admits that indeed it has been tough preparing for the midweek clash on such a tight schedule but adds that the players must be at their best for the game.
Midfielder Cliff Kasuti complained of a knock in the rib after the weekend win but he was checked and is okay for the midweek clash.
“We have had limited training sessions in the days after the weekend game but the general feeling in camp is good and the players feel ready for the clash. A few players complained about knocks from the weekend game but they are fit and were part of both sessions and that is a good sign,” he said.
The coach has termed the game the toughest of the matches so far in the season and will be wary of the shock element the team can bear, taking from the loss to Zoo FC at the same venue last year, the Kericho side having headed to Afraha Stadium winless in five opening matches of the season.
“Going to this game, we know we are playing a team giving their all for the first win and it means we are on to the toughest match so far in the season and we cannot afford to be complacent. Last year, we lost to Zoo FC at Afraha; that was their first win of the season after a bad start and I think those memories are very clear to the players,” he warned.
The fact Vihiga are still winless betrays the quality in the team, according to the coach. His opposite number, Edward Manoah is a former AFC Leopards, Chemelil Sugar and Kakamega Homeboyz coach and brings to the clash a wealth of experience.
Even as coach Nyaudo plots for a win against the newly promoted side, he believes it is just a matter of time before Manoah’s team gets it right.
“Vihiga is a good team and we do not want to fall victim again. They have a very good coach in Manoah; a very experienced tactician and good reader of the game. It is just that things have not gone his way but that doesn’t take away the fact that he is one of the top coaches around,” he concluded.