Despite relinquishing a half time lead to share spoils in a 1-1 draw with AFC Leopards in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday, Kenya Police FC head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo is all but positives about the stalemate.
Former Ingwe star boy Elvis Rupia scored for the law enforcers in the 35th minute before former Police FC striker John Mark Makwatta leveled from the spot in the 82nd minute on his second AFC Leopards debut.
The draw came on the back of a statement 2-0 win over Gor Mahia, where Omollo turned out as a player, an assistant coach and an interim coach.
A point against K’Ogalo’s archrivals AFC Leopards is an indication of better things to come at Police FC as he labours to steady the ship after the exit of his predecessor John ‘Bobby’ Ogolla.
“This draw is definitely a big confidence boost for the players because we really played well in this game. It is almost impossible to dominate a strong side like Leopards in a game but we did that successfully,” said Pamzo.
Boasting of young talents as well as established names like Rupia, Francis Kahata, Clifton Miheso, Harun Shakava among others, Pamzo wants to blend the diversity for the better of the club which is 10th on the log with 25 points after 23 matches.
“I cannot lie; we have a very good team. There is a good balance of experienced and young players and they have blended well. The balance is good and my duty is now to ensure that I keep improving them, both individually and as a team. We can only get better,” the former Posta Rangers coach said.
Pamzo’s next assignment is at home to AFC Leopards after the two-week break in which is a second leg of Sunday’s tie.