Mathew Kigonya has blamed Sofapaka’s slow start to the season for the poor performance in the just concluded 2018 Kenyan Premier League.
Despite Elly Kalekwa bringing on board a number of high profile signings at the start of the season, Batoto Ba Mungu failed to achieve their target of lifting a second KPL title when they finished fifth, three places behind their 2017 overall ranking.
The 2009 champions won 15 matches of their 34 games; lost 11 and drew eight and the Ugandan custodian equated the poor performance to a slow start after they kicked off the season with a 3-0 defeat in the hands of Bandari.
“We were on and off and the fact that we started on a poor note also contributed to our destiny,” Kigonya told the club official website.
Kigonya also believes that the change in the technical bench also had a significant effect even though John Baraza had a relatively better record compared to his predecessor, Sam Simbwa who resigned from his post following a string of poor performances.
“The fact that the head coach was changed midway also affected the team because players took time to adapt from Sam Ssimbwa’s system of play to John Baraza’s system. Now we look settled and raring to go.”
Gor Mahia won the league title for the 17th time while Bandari came second with former champions Tusker secured the third spot above Ulinzi Stars.