Sofapaka head coach Ken Odhiambo has decried the fixture congestion, that has seen them play four games since the resumption of the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League on February 25 and are due to play a fifth match, against debutants FC Talanta on Wednesday, March 16.
Despite heaping praise on his lads for fearlessly taking on the opposition, Odhiambo says the fixture congestion is taking a toll on the 2009 champions.
“It’s been a rough two weeks, with games against Tusker, KCB, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, and now Talanta all in that short period of time. It definitely takes a toll on the players, but I am glad the players have shown resilience despite the congestion,” the tactician told the club’s media.
Of the four games, Sofapaka have only lost one, 2-0 against defending champions Tusker while churning out draws in the other three, 0-0 away to KCB, 1-1 at home to Gor Mahia and finally Sunday’s 1-1 draw away to AFC Leopards at the Nyayo National Stadium.
The former Bandari head coach was pleaed with the stalemate on Sunday and hope sto build on that at home to Talanta on Wednesday.
“We had a good game against Ingwe. The boys gave their best and did all they could to win the tie. Unfortunately, we settled for a point. We wanted maximum points, but we welcome the one point, which we hope to build on come Wednesday,” he said.
Odhiambo however expects at tough duel against the Ken Kenyatta-coached side but insists his boys are equal to the task.
“They are a bogey side and have a squad full of experienced players. It is going to be a physical match, but we are well braced for the tie,” Odhiambo added.
Having plated 21 matches so far, Batoto Ba Mungu are 12th on the log with 27 points while Talanta are ninth with 28 points, though they have played a game more.