Mwalala attributes Homeboyz fine run to players’ ‘belief’, relishes title prospects
Kakamega Homeboyz head coach Bernard Mwalala has lauded his players' 'self belief ' noting that it is the catalyst to their surging run in the Kenyan Premier League.
With the league taking a break in the next two weeks, Homeboyz are atop the standings with 33 points after 16 matches but the youthful tactician has urged his players not to get carried away but remain focused as they take one game at a time.
“For many years teams from western region had been considered underdogs when it came to fighting for the title but we told our players to believe they could break that dominance by Tusker FC and Gor Mahia,” he explained. “We can’t get carried away, the league is only half way and we still have many tough games to play. We will take one game at a time and see what happens at the end of the season.”
Despite leading the standings, the former Kenyan international is keen to improve his midfield's tactics to have his defense and goalkeepers well protected in the coming games, but has ruled out making signings in the positions.
“We don’t have a problem with our defense. We have areas in our midfield that we need to strengthen for them to protect our defenders and goalkeepers but we won’t make signings,” he said, noting that during the break the team will focus on how to make the midfield better and dynamic to ward off threats from the opposition.
Bukhungu stadium has become one of the hardest venues for visiting teams and the former Nzoia FC tactician was also keen to praise fans for their support.
“They have been fantastic since the season started - in each and every home game - they have been with the team in every game, they have pushed us to the limit and that is why we are top of the table.
“If that continues them we promise to continue rewarding them with good results,” the youthful tactician told Citizen Digital.
The league leaders will face Nzoia Sugar on Feb 6 in their next assignment.