James Saruni has been praised by head coach Benjamin Nyangweso for his fine saves that have won the team vital points
The past few matches have been great for skipper James Saruni, as well as Enosh Ochieng, and as the team heads to the Round 24 clash against Gor Mahia, to be staged at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has praised the duo for their contribution to the team.
In the last game, against Western Stima, Saruni made a number of big saves, including keeping out a first half penalty from the hosts at Moi Stadium in Kisumu. He had the same heroics, with big saves against Sofapaka and Mathare United earlier.
Saruni and team
With his saves, he did a lot to win the team seven points from the three matches and the contribution didn’t go unnoticed from the coach, who also lauded the entire team effort from the other players.
“Saruni is a great talent; one of the rare talents we have in this country and I am very happy to work with him and I like the way he has been giving his all in the past few matches and also in training. We have picked seven points in the last three matches and while we have all done well as a team, you can’t discount what the captain has contributed,” Nyangweso said.
As for Enosh, the winger snapped a four – match goalless run with a brace against Western Stima. He was rested for the Mathare United game, in what the coach termed a deliberate move to ease pressure on the player and the returns were clear for all to see.
The coach admits that with good use of Enosh, the team will reap big and the player will be able to achieve his goals.
“Enosh had pressure mounting on him about this top scorer thing in the past few matches and that is why I rested him for the Mathare United game. In my assessment as his coach I thought he needed it because here we are talking of a player who is predominantly a winger but scoring a lot of goals. This is definitely bound to affect him always when he tries to cut in and get a sight of goal.
“I have to say I am proud of him, scoring from his position but we also have to be careful of how we use him. He came back fresh for the Stima game and scored twice so we are all happy and he has his confidence back. What I want is that as a team, we work on easing the pressure on him,” he added.
Enosh is currently on 12 goals in the season, two behind lead scorer Allan Wanga.