Leopards have been improving in their play but the team is being seriously let down by one department. The Defence! Whilst the rest of the playing unit seems to be improving with our midfield starting to have some punch and the striking force scoring an occasional goal, those efforts are undone when the defence rest on its laurels.
We analyze three matches: Sofapaka, Tusker and Gor Mahia to see some of the schoolboy errors that have cost us dearly.
Against Sofapaka the third goal saw John Baraza make a break. It was five Leopards players against four of Sofapaka.
Tiema points at the positioning. Our defender tries to cut the attack but too much space had been given to Baraza.
Baraza sells a dummy and the defender is left for dead. No covering and Baraza gets time to move in.
Notice two defenders have been together the whole time as Mugalia now shoots, the ball having been stopped for him in the clearance
The second goal by Sofapaka had also seen the similar defensive lapses
The defender hits the ball on Njoroge
The ball bounces off Njoroge and hits the other Leopards defender
Tiema advances, but he has been let down already by the defenders
In the game against Tusker, the first goal was conceded after an unnecessary freekick near the corner flag. But the second goal was also comically conceded.
Yes, four defenders against three Tusker players...
The ball is floated in and there are three Ingwe defenders ahead of the Tusker strikers
Midenyo has made some ground and get to the ball ahead of all the three defenders chasing it
Against Gor Mahia, there was a massive howler in the defence when Lavatsa was first brought down just before he got into the D. The referee was not whistle-happy.
As Lavatsa lay on the floor, the defender collected the ball
Muyoti approaches and asks the defender to leave the ball
Ochomo smashes the post
But barely a minute later, the defence is split again... it is 4 against 3
Tiema moved to close the gap but he stod no chance
As for the second goal by Gor, Lavatsa expects a long ball
Paco is covering Lavatsa but lets the ball bounce
Big mistake. No one is covering Selenga. AFC had been attacking and everyone had poured forward.
The ball bounces and it is a sprint
Once he is in the D, it is curtains AFC
Tiema fluffs the catch
The one who shall not be named pounces...
It is time for the defence to stop resting and ball watching and start playing.