Ulinzi Stars coach Dunstan Nyaudo singled out new signing Omar Boraafya for praise in a 2-0 defeat against Gor Mahia.
Nyaudo has continued to frown at his blunt forwards, who he accused of a lacklustre performance that saw his players blew away chances in the opening exchanges.
The home defeat at Afraha Stadium on Saturday handed Gor Mahia their ninth victory against the Soldiers in the last 17 games.
Despite the poor show that left Ulinzi with only two points to show for in the last five matches, Nyaudo still had some positive words for Boraafya who made his debut for the Soldiers against his former side.
“The subs we made also didn’t have much impact. Boraafya did well though, in terms of pressing forward and helping out in defence and he just needs to build on the performance in the game."
Nyaudo said that his side must improve on its offensive if they are to better their fortunes in the second leg.
“We have to go back to the drawing board and see how we rectify this because the run we have now is a real concern and we have to stop it as fast as possible.”
“We did not do so well in the attack; we had our chances in the early minutes and I felt we should have killed this game at that point.
"We were wasteful once again and got punished for that as well as giving our opponents easy goals,” Nyaudo told the club website.
Next up for the Ulinzi is a game against Thika United at Kinoru Stadium in Meru. Thika and Ulinzi played to a 0-0 draw in the first leg.