Pamzo reveals two things Shabana have changed that will lift them to safety


Pamzo reveals two things Shabana have changed that will lift them to safety

Joel Omotto 11:00 - 09.04.2024

Shabana coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo has detailed the things his team have corrected which he feels will help them avoid Premier League relegation.

Shabana coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo feels his players are slowly starting to tighten their porous defence at a crucial point in the season as they seek to avoid relegation.

The Glamour Boys have let in 37 goals in 25 matches this season, only better than Sofapaka (38) and bottom-placed Nzoia Sugar (41), which has largely contributed to their poor run since their return to the top flight, leaving them fighting for survival.

That run included 13 goals conceded in eight games until last Saturday’s 3-0 thrashing of Posta Rangers.

However, scoring goals is not a big problem for Pamzo’s side as their 25 are same as Bandari, Kakamega Homeboyz and KCB’s and even more than Posta Rangers (24), AFC Leopards (22) and Murang’a Seal’s (23), all who are in the top 10.

Pamzo therefore feels keeping it tight at the back has been their Achilles hill but is encouraged that what he has been working on has started bearing fruit.

“The goals that we have conceded have been individual mistakes. It is not a team mistake. These players most of them are from the NSL where if you make a mistake, you escape with it but in the KPL you get punished,” Pamzo told Pulse Sports.

“I have been talking to them and doing training. I tell them not to take risks. Initially, we were taking a lot of risks and it was messing us up. So, a lot of talk has happened with the defence line and I am happy the way we played our last two games.

“We conceded through a set piece against AFC Leopards, not open play, and against Posta, we dealt with them well, open play or off the ball. We were so solid and tight.”

Another aspect of Shabana’s game that Pamzo has been keen to change is to get them away from relying on set pieces to score and instead create chances from open play.

Shabana had used corners, free kicks and long throws to good effect early in the season but always found it tough to create chances when that tactic did not work. The former Posta and Kenya Police coach feels they need to be solid as a unit rather than rely on individual brilliance.

“It is always difficult to change a system but I have been doing it elaborately slowly and it is working. The guy who was scoring set pieces is [Peter] Ogechi and at the moment, he is not playing in my team so we have to get another way,” added Pamzo.

“I don’t want to rely on one player or [Enock] Agwanda’s long throws. We can get goals from other avenues and so far, it is working well.”

Shabana are away to equally struggling Muhoroni Youth this weekend, a game they must win if they are to boost their chances of avoiding relegation.

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