Tusker’s Matano bemoans ‘poor preseason’


Tusker's Matano bemoans 'poor preseason'
Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano gives instructions during their friendly match against Posta Rangers at the Jamuhuri Grounds on Wednesday 18th Nov 2020. The teams drew 0-0. (PHOTO/ Courtesy)

In Summary

  • Tusker FC head coach has bemoaned lack of proper training ahead of the new season that will kick off next weekend following a one-week postponement
  • Matano, who led his charges to a barren draw against rivals Posta Rangers on Wednesday at the Jamhuri Grounds – Nairobi, says individual training has not helped the team at all in the preseason

Tusker FC head coach has bemoaned lack of proper training ahead of the new season that will kick off next weekend following a one-week postponement.

Matano, who led his charges to a barren draw against rivals Posta Rangers on Wednesday at the Jamhuri Grounds – Nairobi, says individual training has not helped the team at all in the preseason.

The veteran coach now fears the team could get off to a slow start despite having a good squad at his disposal.

“We have a long way to go before we get to the level we need for the Premier League. Players are struggling because we have not been training together. It is hard to make decisions and plan for a real match situation when you don’t train as a group. It is going to be tough for us now that every other team is training,” he said.

Matano says training in small groups does not have the same desired effect of building cohesion for a team going into competitive matches.

“How do you plan how you are going and you plan with a few people? It is not practical in a football situation. We need opponents within our own team, to play under pressure with our own players. If that pressure is not there, then you are not prepared for game demands.”

Tusker were moderate in the transfer window, signing only four players while releasing three. Jimmy Ndungi was promoted from the club’s youth side while Wellington Ochieng from Gor Mahia was roped in from Gor Mahia.

Christopher Orchum and Kevin Monyi complete the new arrivals list, from AFC Leopards and Western Stima respectively.

Timothy Otieno, Gabriel Wandera and Peter Ngugi left the Ruaraka-based side, to Zambia’s Napsa Stars of Zambia, Nzoia Sugar and to free agency respectively.

Tusker are set to open the season against champions Gor Mahia FC who resumed group training over a month ago, after signing 14 new players.

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