Wazito’s Ouna decries ‘muddy sub-standard pitch’ after Ulinzi defeat


Wazito’s Ouna decries ‘muddy sub-standard pitch’ after Ulinzi defeat
Wazito FC coach Frank Furo Ouna instructs his charges during their friendly match against AFC Leopards SC ahead of their respectively league matches for the 2017 season at Camp Toyoyo stadium in Nairobi, Kenya on February 08, 2017. AFC Leopards won 6-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna has blamed his team’s 2-0 loss to Ulinzi Stars on Saturday afternoon to the poor surface at the Ruaraka grounds.
  • Two headed goals frok Elvis Nandwa in the 73rd minute, and another from Masita Masuta in the 87th minute, ensured that Ouna’s men left empty-handed, but the soft spoken coach is blaming the “poor pitch”.
  • Buoyed by the win, Ulinzi are second in the Kenya Premier League table on 28 points, two below league leaders Gor who play Sofapaka on Sunday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
  • Meanwhile Wazito dropped to 14th place having garnered 17 points from 16 matches

Wazito FC head coach Frank Ouna has blamed his team’s 2-0 loss on Saturday to Ulinzi Stars to the poor surface at the Ruaraka grounds.

Two headed goals by Elvis Nandwa in the 73rd minute, and another from Masita Masuta in the 87th minute, ensured that Ouna’s men left empty-handed, but the soft spoken coach is blaming the “poor pitch”.

This was Wazito’s second consecutive loss in the league but head coach Frank Ouna could not hide his anger.

“We lost because my players could not cope with the pitch, we had asked that our match be played at Camp Toyoyo but it never happened. The pitch is muddy (Ruaraka grounds) and the outcome sums up it all; both goals were headers and you could see how my players found it hard to cope because of the muddy surface,” Ouna bitterly lamented in a post match interview with Citizen Digital.

He went on: “The pitch is not good enough for Kenya Premier League matches.”

Ouna’s sentiments got backing from his Number Nine Piston Mutamba who labelled Ruaraka ground as “the muddy KPL pitch he has ever played in.”

Mutamba who missed two glorious chances said: “Honestly, the pitch is not good enough, they punished us because it was not easy for us, I would like to apologise to our fans who were fantastic today despite enduring tough moments but we promise to come back stronger.”

John Kago (L) of Ulinzi Stars FC tackle Eric Odhiambo of Wazito FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at Ruaraka ground in Nairobi, Kenya on May 19, 2018. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha

Ouna’s opposite number, Dunstan Nyaudo was however pleased with the win which was their fourth victory in six matches, extending their unbeaten run to six games.

Nyaudo also hailed his players spirit moreso in the second half after failing to convert three clear-cut chances they had created in the first half.

“I am very happy with my boys’ performance. We came here for three points and my boys did exactly what I had instructed them to do after the first half,”he said, adding that going six matches unbeaten is no mean task as “our aim is to win the tittle”.

“Gor have been winning it(the title) for the last couple of years but we want to mount a serious challenge this season,”Nyaudo enthused.

On the two headers, Nyaudo said: “After the 45 minutes, I instructed my players to be more clinical in front of goal; to use aerial balls as we knew their defenders were getting it hard to cope with aerial balls and it finally paid off, we are now looking forward to the next match.”

Buoyed by the win, Ulinzi are now second in the Kenya Premier League table on 28 points, two below league leaders Gor who play Sofapaka on Sunday at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Meanwhile, Wazito dropped to 14th place having garnered 17 points from 16 matches.

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