Matano appears to rubbish Johnathan McKinstry’s claims of Tusker being out of the title race

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FKFPL Matano appears to rubbish Johnathan McKinstry’s claims of Tusker being out of the title race

Mark Kinyanjui 10:59 - 26.01.2024

Matano insists Tusker are still in a title race even after Gor Mahia coach Johnathan McKinstry claimed they were out of it.

Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano has explained how his charges can still find a way to win the title despite being 12 points behind Gor Mahia.

The gaffer has rubbished his Gor Mahia counterpart Johnathan McKinstry’s claims that Tusker are out of the title race after handing them their sixth defeat of the season by revealing what they will have to do to prove him wrong.

K'Ogalo brought the Brewers' eight-match unbeaten run to an end (five of which were consecutive wins) and now Tusker will have their work cut out to close that 12-point gap with 19 games of the season played.

“We are still very much in contention and we still have enough energy left to fight tooth and nail for maximum points in our remaining matches,” Matano remarked as quoted on The Star.

"Losing one match in five speaks volumes about our current form and I believe we can extend our impressive run in our upcoming fixture against Bidco on Saturday," Matano stated.

On paper, it may look impossible to bounce back, but Tusker have proven to be a side that can win against all the odds.

In the now-voided 2021/2022 season, Tusker managed to close the gap on runaway leaders Kakamega Homeboyz to win the title on goal difference, and Matano is adamant they can repeat the same thing if they do a couple of things right.

"We need to sharpen our attack and prove more clinical in front of goal,” Matano stated.

“For example, we had everything going against Gor and managed to create a plethora of chances only to fumble in the final third," the former AFC Leopards boss added.

The 59-year-old tactician believes his charges still have the gas in the tank left to go for a perfect record in their remaining 15 games of the season

Matano’s sentiments are shared by assistant captain Mike Kibwage on an interview with the club's social media handles.

 “We still have many matches ahead of us. We also have the Cup and we must focus on winning one title this season.”

Tusker have been handed a bye for the first round of the FKF Cup, and will be back in action on February 3 against Bidco United at home.

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