Zoo Kericho coach Sammy Okoth has rued early goals in their 3-2 defeat to Sofapaka in a SportPesa Premier League match at Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on Sunday.
The visitors went behind in the 26th minute through Pistone Mutamba, Elli Asieche and Umaru Kasumba.
A late resurgence earned Zoo two goals courtesy of Danson Chetambe and captain Johnston Ligare, but damage had already been inflicted.
“We gifted our opponents due to the poor start to the match,” lamented Okoth.
“We didn’t settle in well early and play like we always do in other matches. In the second half, we came back rejuvenated and fought to restore parity but time wasn’t on our side,” he added.
Zoo dropped to second last position on seven points after nine rounds, with a single win and four losses.
The former Kenyan international attributed the poor start to the season to loss of key players in preseason.
Left back Isaac Kipyegon, midfielder Michael Madoya and striker Nicholas Kipkirui are the key players who’ve carried the Kericho-based side on their back for the past three seasons.
While Kipyegon was roped in by AFC Leopards, Madoya and Kipkirui were snapped up by Tusker and champions Gor Mahia respectively.
“It has not been easy making the available players fit in the shoes left by the three players, but they are responding well. I am hopeful that very soon they will start contributing immensely,” he concluded.
Zoo host Ingwe on Wednesday, with Kipyegon returns to Kericho this time in blue colours.