Kakamega Homeboyz coach Nicholas Muyoti has blamed lack of concentration for their 2-1 loss to Gor Mahia in the SportPesa Premier League in Machakos on Thursday.
Muyoti blamed poor defending that led to conceding two quick goals after taking the lead through Luke Namanda.
“I am very disappointed with the result, we didn’t expect this because this was one of the weakest Gor Mahia squads they have fielded in a premier league match in a long time,” said Muyoti.
Apart from Peter Odhiambo, Harun Shakava, Ernest Wendo, Lawrence Juma and Boniface Omondi, the other six players who started in the game are rarely handed a starting berth.
The changes were occasioned by alleged protest in camp owing to delayed February salaries and bonuses. Gor coach Hassan Oktay however said he needed his key players to rest ahead of Sunday’s Caf Confederation Cup match against Petro Atletico of Angola.
“We didn’t create many scoring chances and it’s something we’ve to work on because our frontline was blunt unlike in the last game we managed to convert our chances and got six goals," Muyoti said.
“The boys panicked after taking the lead, this is the time I needed them to be composed but they crumbled under pressure and conceded two goals from a throw in.”
The former Thika United and Nzoia Sugar coach said he is looking for three players to beef up his squad during the midseason transfer window.
“A goalkeeper, defensive midfielder and an offensive midfielder is what we require to sign. We’ve already identified the players and are negotiating with their clubs unfortunately we can’t reveal the names now,” he said.
Homeboyz – who host Mathare United in their next league match on Sunday - are ninth on the league standings with 21 points from 17 rounds.