Mathare United will be a tough opposition, admits reigning champions Tusker coach Omollo

Smarting from last week's 3-0 defeat by Gor Mahia, defending champions Tusker will be hoping to put things right when they tackle Mathare United in a Kenyan league match on Tuesday

Tusker head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo believes that his team’s face off against Mathare United in a Kenya Premier League (KPL) match on Tuesday will be a tall order.

The reigning champions, who are smarting from last week’s 3-0 defeat to Gor Mahia in the Top 8 tournament, confront Mathare United in a make-or-break encounter.

Coach Omollo reckons that his team’s morale has been low since the defeat to Gor Mahia. “Every match is important for us, more so the league. The technical bench is working on psyching up the players after the defeat. The morale has been low, but we are aiming to bounce back,” Omollo told

The brewers’ tactician is seeking for patience from the team’s fans saying, “We are rebuilding this team and it will take time. Fans should support this initiative.” Tusker are on the amends having lost key players Brian Mandela, winger Paul Were and midfielder Jerry Santos during the mid-transfer period.

Mandela joined the paid ranks penning a deal with South Africa side Sanlam Santos, Were crossed over to rivals AFC Leopards while Santos made a return to Tanzanian league by joining Coastal Union.

“Right now I am building the team, ever since Mandela left our defence has been badly exposed and it may take time to stabilize.” Apart from a leaking defence, Omollo’s string force has not been sharp with striking partners Obadiah Ndege and Dennis Mukaisi being wasteful.