Murang'a Seal coach details what he has done to improve club's fortunes since January appointment

Murang'a Seal coach details what he has done to improve club's fortunes since January appointment

Mark Kinyanjui 09:20 - 24.05.2024

Murang'a Seal have secured safety from the drop at the first time of asking, having gone through a bad run of form and coach Juma Abdallah says it is down to the work he has done.

Murang'a Seal head coach Juma Abdallah believes he has played a pivotal role in revitalising the team's fortunes since taking over in January.

The veteran coach, who previously managed Bandari and Sofapaka, has brought a fresh perspective and strategic approach to the club, leading to significant improvements in their performance in the FKF Premier League.

Under Abdallah's guidance, Seal has won three matches and drawn four of the 13 games he has overseen. 

Reflecting on his initial challenges, Abdallah said, “I joined the team after 18 matches and the team had not performed well. I found players whose spirit was at the lowest point, but eventually, I am happy we overcame and now my boys are in high spirits and this has helped us turn around the results.”

Abdallah's tactical acumen was evident during Seal's recent 1-1 draw with Ulinzi Stars at the Ulinzi Sports Complex in Nairobi. Despite securing a valuable point away from home, Abdallah acknowledged that his players were visibly fatigued, struggling to maintain the pace of the game. 

“This is our debut in the top-tier league and I feel my players are tired after playing hard matches back-to-back,” he noted.

 “I saw my players dragging their feet especially in the last 20 minutes. I have been in this game for long and I can tell my boys are fatigued.”

The upcoming one-week FIFA international break comes at an opportune time, allowing Abdallah's charges to recuperate.

 “We started by facing Gor Mahia, Tusker, Kariobangi Sharks and we have played Ulinzi Stars, another formidable side," he explained, underscoring the demanding nature of their recent fixtures.

Despite the fatigue, Abdallah has been able to instill a resilient mindset in his players. Joe Waithira's goal in the 57th minute against Ulinzi Stars demonstrated Seal's attacking potential, though it was later equalised by former Tusker talisman Boniface Muchiri.

“Had we collected the three points, it would have been a morale booster as we head towards the end of the season. However, we will get back to the drawing board and work on protecting the lead," Abdallah stated.

Looking ahead, Seal face Kenya Police FC on June 16, 2024, followed by an away match against Kakamega Homeboyz, and a season finale at home against Shabana on June 23, 2024. 

Abdallah anticipates the final match against Shabana, noting the rivalry from their NSL days. He is determined to secure a top-10 finish for the team, which currently occupies the 12th position on the log with 37 points, just six points clear of the relegation zone.

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