Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya has heaped praise on AFC Leopard's substitutes after their week two Kenyan Premier League (KPL) scoreless draw.
Sharks had started the game brightly but waded off in the second half with Muluya singling out Austin Odhiambo and Hansel Ochieng for praise; the duo having come on as substitutes.
“Maybe we could have won the game in the first half because we had three clear chances but a match has 90 minutes. AFC (Leopards) deserved to win especially in the second half, they were too strong going by the substitutions they made.
“They were strong when Austin (Odhiambo) and Hansel (Ochieng) came on in the second half,” Muluya said after the game.
The coach further said it was too early to predict how their season will pan out but admitted they needed to cover ground as there were teams who were already picking important points.
“We need to score because in a game of football it’s the small margins that matter. If their offside goal stood then the game could have gone to their (Leopards) side so we have to learn how to take our chances but either way at the end of the day it’s the number of goals that will count.
“It’s not a normal thing to find ourselves playing in our own half. They had good individual players. Players like Paul Were, Hansel and Austin will give any team an edge so it’s too early to predict how our season will pan.
“I can't crucify my players neither can I crucify myself (for failing to win their first two games) because there are 15 games more in the first leg. That said, we need to improve because there are teams who have already picked important points in the two games,” he added.
Sharks travel to Bukhungu Stadium to take on Kakamega Homeboyz in their next game.