Mathare United head coach Salim Ali hailed his charges following their 2-1 win over Ulinzi Stars in week three of the Kenyan Premier League action.
Mathare had to dig deep after Ulinzi‘s Daniel Waweru had cancelled a David Owino opener with Clifford Alwanga coming up with the winner and according to Salim he could only thank his boys for digging deep for the result.
“The result has come out of sheer hard work. The boys dug deep to get the win and I can only thank them for the best performance so far this campaign.
“There is gradual improvement and today it showed that the work we do in training is registering in the minds of the players. We now need to continue with this momentum as the season is just starting and go step by step towards attaining our goals,” Salim is quoted by the club’s portal.
Despite maintaining the same squad that only collected two points in their last two outings, Salim admitted that he didn’t have a perfect starting team and urged those who found themselves on the bench or out of matchday squads to give more to get into the team.
“Maintaining with the same starting squad does not mean that I have found the squad that best gels together. The team is beyond the 11 players that start the game but you start or make the bench because of what you have done in the last game as well as in training. So, I urge all my players to strive to be better and not let complacency creep in,” he concluded.
Next for Mathare is a tie against Kariobangi Sharks who haven’t had the best of starts in this season.
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