It might only be their first season in the top flight league but Kariobangi Sharks have never hidden their ambition of competing for honours with the very best in the SportPesa Premier League.
It’s no wonder that coach Bullish William Muluya is still keeping his eyes on the big prize despite the team’s drop in form.
Sharks have dropped from fifth to eighth place on the SportPesa Premier League table after an uncharacteristic three-match win-less run, prompting pundits to spell doom on the team’s brave ambitions of finishing in the podium position this season. Muluya, however, said his team was just undergoing a temporary slump and would be back to their recent deadly form that has seen them giving the established side a run for their money.
“No one can be on top forever, and losing is part of the game. In football you win some games and lose some. That is normal. “So far, my team has performed beyond expectation. Losing just two consecutive matches shouldn’t be a matter of concern. We shall bounce back. Watch us,” he said.
Sharks have indeed had a brilliant debut in the top flight so far. By the start of August, they had put together an unbeaten streak, spanning an impressive 11 games.
That wonderful run was, however, shattered just a fortnight ago by their fellow league debutants Zoo, who beat them 3-2 in Kericho.
Sharks were unable to pick themselves up in the next match against Kakamega Homeboyz, who edged them 2-1.
“In both matches, we were punished for our own mistakes, and we have picked lessons. That is more important. I don’t think you will see the boys wasting the kind of chances they wasted against Zoo, for example. We know what we have to do and we will do it,” Muluya said. “The ferocious Shark will be back.”
Sharks now have their attention on the booking a place in the last four of the GOtv Shield for a second successive season when they tackle Eldoret Youth this weekend before taking on Western Stima on August 23 at Kenyatta Stadium.