Pamzo breaks silence after Shimanyula allegations on Nairobi’s team denying Homeboyz KPL title
Kenya police head Coach Sammy Omollo Pamzo is on a contrary opinion after Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas ‘Toto’ Shimanyula claimed that walkovers handed by FC Talanta and Kariobangi Sharks cost them the Kenyan Premier League title for the just concluded season.
The two sides skipped their matches against Homeboyz giving the Bernard Mwalala coached side six points and four goals, but Shimanyula feels they were denied an opportunity to better their goal-difference.
“We have tried our best but our efforts were nipped at the shoot because teams from Nairobi decided to avoid playing Homeboyz. You remember Talanta gave a no-show yet they were the home team in Nairobi, giving an excuse that they had not been paid their salaries yet they later played Gor Mahia.
“Kariobangi (Sharks) also failed to honour our match. I think the teams from Nairobi ganged up with a mission of stopping Homeboyz, a team from the countryside to win the league title,” claimed Shimanyula.
Tusker and Homeboyz were tied at 63 points at the end of the season, but the Ruaraka brewers edged them on goal difference, of only four. According to Shimanyula, it was possible to catch up with Tusker in terms of goals within the two matches.
However, in an interview with the star, Omolo believes that Tusker FC managed to pip Kakamega Homeboyz to the title because of experience and the fact the Bernard Mwalala led side appeared to panic in the later stages of the season.
Omolo witnessed the stiff title race and he believes that the Robert Matano led team used their experience and Homeboyz’s panick to defend their title and in the process become Kenya’s second most successful club with 13 titles to their name.
“Tusker kicked off the season on a low but ended up retaining their title because they employed experience as their rivals panicked in the final phases of the competition,” he told the Star.
Omolo however empathizes with Homeboyz whose last two games never took off after opponents failed to show up. FC Talanta and Kariobangi Sharks both failed to hour league matches against Homeboyz issuing out walkovers and he believes this took off pressure from Tusker who already had an goal-difference advantage.
“Had the match between Kakamega Homeboyz and Kariobangi Sharks taken place, then things might have taken a different direction. However, Tusker went into their final match so much relaxed knowing that Sharks had already dished out a walkover and Homeboyz didn’t stand a chance to catch up with them.”