Northern Wanderers feel the heat of playing in bigger

Saturday, September 28th, 2019 00:00 |
Migori Youths defenders Stephen Odour and Victor Ochieng battle Thika United striker Kevin Ochieng for the ball in an NSL match at Awendo Stadium. Photo/PD/DAVID NDOLO

Though newcomers Northern Wanderers are feeling the heat at the National Super League (NSL), their desperation for points still holds dear.

In five matches so far, they have lost all with the biggest talking point being the season opener 8-0 thrashing against league leaders Nairobi Stima. 

The debutants have conceded a mammoth 19 goals against six they have scored, thus a dismal -13 goal difference that puts them at the table basement.

Unbowed head coach Noordin Bedeh has urged his charges to keep the faith and push the lever. 

“It is certainly not an ideal situation to be at for us currently but we must fight on. All we can do is to encourage the boys because there might still be elements of stage fright,” he told Wikendi Sport.

Against Nairobi City Stars this afternoon at Camp Toyoyo, Bideh is planning to play cautious but find chances and bury them. “It is obvious in football opportunities count and so we must utilise them against a top side. 

The important thing is to go into the duel without fear and naturally a positive attitude. We will try and frustrate them as much as possible and get a good result at the end.”

Fourth-placed FC Talanta goes against struggling Kenya Police later on at the same venue. The law enforcers are 16th on the log with no win yet thus making this fixture explosive.

 Lapses of concentration have seen Police drop four points in consecutive matches against Migori Youth and Mt Kenya United and tactician Charles Omondi hopes that kind of mindset changes. 

“The past two matches we have led than the lost concentration in at the death. We must be more careful against this tough opponent all the time and so it is about pressing high and forcing them into mistakes while at the same time sitting back and closing spaces without the ball,” said Omondi.

Bidco United who lost their first match last week against City Stars has a chance to make amends and keep the gap with the leading pack null. 

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