The survival matrix for Vihiga Bullets has taken a complex turn after a 1-0 home defeat to Posta Rangers in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League at the Bukhungu Stadium on Saturday.
Posta Rangers got the sole goal in the penultimate moments of the opening half through Brian Marita and completed a double over the rookies much to the disappointment of head coach Juma Abdallah.
The heavy torrents pounding the Western Kenya saw the kick-off changed and tactician feels that may have affected his players.
“We played terribly. We started the game slowly, misplaced so many passes in the first half and I think maybe we were affected by the change in kick-off time. We did not go through our pre-match routine like eating together and having a meeting before taking to the pitch,” Abdallah said in a post-match interview.
Bullets desperately needed the win to ensure their stay in the Kenyan top flight and of the seven match that were remaining, they had targeted elevens points of the maximum 21.
Knowing that they are flirting with the relegation, Abdallah did not take kindly his players’ wastefulness in front of goal and their laxity at the back.
“The goal that we conceded just before halftime was a scrappy one, we failed to clear a loose ball inside the area and Marita pocked home,” the tactician added.
The Vihiga-based outfit is next away to Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday, May 7, and the former Western Stima head coach hopes they can pick up themselves feat enough to achieve they survival objective.
Currently the team is second from bottom with 20 points from 27 matches, eleven points from safety and a point from the playoff spot occupied by Wazito.