AFC Leopards' match winner reveals strategy used to down Poster Rangers on poor Machakos pitch

AFC Leopards' match winner reveals strategy used to down Poster Rangers on poor Machakos pitch

Joel Omotto 09:00 - 15.04.2024

The AFC Leopards defender has explained how Ingwe executed their game plan after learning how poor the playing surface would be at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos.

AFC Leopards defender Kennedy Owino has disclosed that his side were out to use set pieces to bring down his former side Posta Rangers due to the poor state of the pitch at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Owino was the match winner as he rose high to head home Brain Wanyama’s corner in the 40th minute and hand Leopards all three points as they returned to winning ways in the league.

With the Machakos turf in bad conditions due to the ongoing rains and the its overuse, both teams could not play a sleek passing game and had to rely on aerial balls to get going.

Owino has admitted Tomas Trucha’s men worked on the strategy throughout the week after learning what they would be subjected to in Machakos

“We have been working on this in training in the last few games but it did not go well. However, the delivery guys did their job well,” Owino told Azam TV after Sunday’s 1-0 victory against Posta Rangers.

“The pitch was not good and we had to play one-way football. We had to rely on set pieces, we knew the pitch was not going to be good so we worked on it a lot.”

Indeed, Leopards used the set pieces to trouble Posta Rangers with Wanyama on point with his deliveries from corners.

One of those nearly broke the deadlock after Luke Namanda headed home only for Peter Oudo to make a goal line clearance while Clifton Miheos and Jaffari Owiti drew good saves from Posta Rangers goalkeeper John Njau after testing him from distance.

Trucha admitted his side executed the game plan well which was a good motivation ahead of the weekend’s Mashemeji derby clash against Gor Mahia.

“We wanted to return to winning ways which is a good motivation ahead of the big one. On such a pitch, you cannot effect football so it was not about me but the players,” said Trucha.

Leopards remained in eighth position with 38 points from 26 matches.