Falcons Humble Daystar City in Comeback Win
By Lewis Njeruh
Falcons produced a masterclass performance that saw them win 3-1 against derby rivals Daystar City at the Bethel grounds on July 24.
Daystar City took an early lead through Abubakar Omondi but failed to hold to it as Nigerian Victor Atta and Lorenzo put Falcons ahead a few minutes later. Valentine Omondi won a penalty late in the first half, scoring Falcon’s third and his first goal of the season.
“The game was easy. We conceded the first goal but we put our heads up and managed to equalise, found the second goal and I thank God for my first goal of the season which was our third,” said Valentine Omondi.
Daystar Falcons captain Barrack Khaseke in a post-match interview said the team was in good form recording a three match winning streak. He is convinced that with no injury to keep players out, the current team can perform well in the KUSA and FKF leagues. He further urged the administration to look into the challenges faced by the teams which include a poor state of facilities for both indoor and outdoor games.
City Captain Ken Andrew on the other hand was positive with the loss and is convinced they will be back better. He was backed by team manager and Nairobi campus Governor Brian Zaza Achoka, who insisted that his team lost due to some defensive errors and not because the opponents were at their best.
Boniface Mutuku, falcons’ head coach while speaking to the Daystar press applauded his boys for the win. The coach recalls City scoring in the first minutes due to mistakes after which the falcons rectified scoring three goals in the quick succession. He adds that second half was tough, as the team failed to capitalize on goal scoring opportunities.
The coach further pointed out that players get affected by fatigue, citing a scenario where the team has had to play seven games in the last two weeks.
“Actually as we come to the end of KUSA, my boys will have a little rest because we may be playing one or two matches in a weekend and that will be a little bit okay,” says coach Mutuku.
KUSA Secretary General Nairobi congress Muli Muluta states that it has been challenging for league teams with two games every weekend as it is tiring for players as some have to play in both games. Mr. Muluta acknowledged the challenges caused by the pandemic, with new rules being incorporated to mitigate it.