FKF Premier League: Shabana Head Coach ‘Pamzo’ Omollo Optimistic Despite Narrow Loss to Ulinzi Stars

FKF Premier League: Shabana Head Coach ‘Pamzo’ Omollo Optimistic Despite Narrow Loss to Ulinzi Stars

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo is optimistic about his team’s survival chances
  • The club lost 1-0 to Ulinzi Stars at the Raila Odinga Homa Bay Stadium
  • Pamzo insists the club shouldn't be in the FKF Premier League drop zone

Shabana's head coach, Sammy 'Pamzo' Omollo, remains undeterred following their 1-0 defeat against Ulinzi Stars in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League on Saturday, January 20.

Pamzo is determined to strengthen the team before their upcoming match against Nairobi City Stars on February 4, at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Despite the setback, the coach expressed his confidence in steering the team clear of relegation, stressing that every remaining match is crucial and should be treated like a final.

Sammy 'Pamzo' Omollo is optimistic about Shabana's chances in the FKF Premier League. Photos: Shabana Kenya.
Shabana's head coach, Sammy 'Pamzo' Omollo is optimistic about the team still. Photos: Shabana Kenya.
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He also spoke of the importance of securing maximum points in home matches.

"The worst should be a draw at home. The team doesn't deserve to be at the bottom of the standings,” Pamzo said as quoted by The Star.

Reflecting on the game, he acknowledged the positive aspects despite the loss, noting improvements in the team's performance. He attributed the early conceded goal to a mistake by the goalkeeper but commended the players for their efforts.

He stressed the need to rectify mistakes during the current break, which lasts more than 10 days.

Pamzo also revealed plans to sign two goalkeepers before the end of the transfer window to address the team's persisting issues between the sticks.

As reported by People Daily, Shabana secured the services of striker Mathew Tegisi from Gusii FC and midfielder Japheth Lihanda from Rainbow earlier in the month.

Ulinzi's coach, Anthony Kimani, acknowledged Shabana's commendable performance despite their position in the relegation zone. Kimani praised his team for capitalizing on their chances and recognized new signing Leshan Mootian, naming him the Man of the Match for his contribution to the lone goal scored by Masita Masuta.

Kimani expressed confidence in the new signings, including Edward Odhiambo and Javan Omondi, believing they will bolster the team's performance in the remaining matches.

Shabana are 17th in the FKF Premier League standings, with only 17 points after 17 games. They have won only four times, drawn five and lost 10 games.

They face City Stars next, whose eight-game winning streak was snapped by AFC leopards at the Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday, January 21.

Pamzo makes first vow to lift Shabana from relegation

Sports Brief on January 14, 2024, reported that Pamzo, still newly appointed, first vowed to guide Shabana out of their struggles.

The coach has reportedly identified immediate issues in the team that needed addressing, mainly psychological and tactical.

He replaced Sammy Okoth, who was dismissed in November 2023.

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