Kenya KCB on the right track despite a third straight FKF defeat – Mwalala

KCB head coach Bernard Mwalala has refused to press the panic button after Tusker inflicted them with a third straight defeat in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League on Sunday.

In the fixture at Machakos Stadium, the Brewers scored through Chrispine Erambo and second-half substitute John Njuguna to sink the Bankers and leave them winless in their last seven matches. KCB last tested victory in their 2-1 result against Kenya Police on December 20.

They have since gone ahead to lose 1-0 against Nzoia Sugar, 5-0 against Tusker, drew 0-0 against Ulinzi Stars, 0-0 against Muhoroni Youth, before suffering defeats – 2-1 against Sofapaka, 2-1 against Kakamega Homeboyz and now 2-0 against Tusker.

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Asked whether he was worried about the team’s winless run, Mwalala said: “KCB are on the right track, I don’t want to panic, I have also told my players not to panic, it is not KCB to have lost three straight matches, check in the table and many teams have gone through what we are experiencing, Nairobi City Stars and even Murang’a Seal have suffered just like KCB.”

He added: “Even Homeboyz were in the same situation (seven matches without a win) but they finally won a game last weekend (against us), so there is nothing to worry about because we will also win our next game, I am happy we are together in camp, we are stable as a team, and our focus is what we want to achieve in subsequent matches.”

On why the Bankers are struggling, Mwalala said: “It is been difficult for me, we made a lot of new signings during the mid-season transfer window, and for the last three games, I have been trying to build a team inside a competition meaning, in a game I need three points, it is the same game I have to build my squad, to have a good combination and playing as I desire them to.”

While the victory saw Tusker jump to third on the 18-team table with 37 points from 22 matches, 10 fewer than leaders and champions Gor Mahia, the Bankers dropped the 10th slot with 29 points, accumulated from seven wins, eight draws, and seven defeats.

Meanwhile, at Bukhungu Stadium, the eagerly awaited “Ingo derby” failed to produce a winner as Homeboyz and AFC Leopards battled to a 0-0 draw. Ingwe would be the happiest side from the outcome as they remained unbeaten in their last eight matches and managed to haul four points from the fixture having beaten Homeboyz 2-0 in the first-round meeting.

Ingwe are now sitting eighth with 31 points while Homeboyz are a place above them with 33 points. In another match, Sofapaka rallied from behind to draw 2-2 against Muhoroni Youth and keep their 14th slot with 25 points while the Sugar Millers dropped to 16th with 21 points.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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