Shabana optimistic despite Gor defeat

Coach Ojienda noted many positives in the friendly match against the record Kenya giants champions but insists his team must improve further especially on transition.

Shabana FC head coach Robert Ojienda says he noted a lot of positives in his side’s friendly match against Gor on Saturday at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu county.

With all country’s top-flight leagues suspended, the two sides faced off in a friendly match in Kisumu. Kisii county based Shabana unlike in the past where it used to be Gor Mahia’s arch rival in Kenya’s top tier.Kisii based club is currently a transformed and reborn and has unsuccessfully tried to earn promotion back to the FKF Premier League severally despite not luck enough.

On Saturday, the two sides faced off and at full time, K’ogalo registered a 2-1 win in a match that Mark Harrison’s boy dominated. But despite losing the game, coach Ojienda, who has been rebuilding the fresh squad after nearly losing all his first XI players during the transfer window, says he is proud of his team’s performance against the Kenyan record-champions.

“It was a great performance against a team that is playing in the continental arena, the boys gave a good account of themselves in that game and I am really proud of them, there are a lot of positives to pick from the match,” he told Mozzart Sport.

Ojienda further noted that his team followed instructions , denying Gor many clear-cuts to unleash them more in the match. The tactician however, noted that they still need to improve on their transition  which he insists still not good enough.

“The two goals that we conceded were largely  from mistakes that we made at the back. Apart from that, I don’t think they really created any clear-cut chances. My boys followed instructions well. Overall it was a good show but there are things like the transition that we still need to work on.” He added