Why Sam Timbe’s claims of inexperience at Tusker are laughable

Everything is seemingly going south for Tusker FC. A club that was at the centre of the summer transfer window, sacking more than 10 first team players and going on a spending spree in order to turn around what to them looked like a horrible campaign.

They indeed fired old players and brought in new ones. A total overhaul that made news headlines for the better part of November and December of 2017.

The club hoped for a better start and of course, a better season. But it is turning out to be one of the worst for Tusker in recent times. 

James Situma was released by Tusker FC in December 2017. PHOTO/COURTESY

The brewers have managed just one win in seven Premier League matches and are now dangling 14th on the table with 6 points and a goal difference of negative 3.

Sam Timbe’s men have so far been beaten by Chemelil Sugar, Ulinzi Stars and most recently Sofapaka. None of these teams are below Tusker in the rankings.

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So, what has gone wrong for the brewers? Head coach Sam Timbe outrageously claims that his team lack experience. That his boys are young and need time to learn in the game. He told the Nation Sports Tuesday that his team lacks people who know what they are doing.

“These players are still young. Any experienced players would have easily cleared the ball in those instances (where they lost),” he said.

Sofapaka’s Umaru Kasumba wheels away in celebration after scoring winner against Tusker on Sunday. The match ended 5-4

It is comical that such a statement comes from a tactician who has had these players and even the previous lot. Sam Timbe should have known that a competitive league demands players with experience, a team that understands the dynamics of the game. But did he?

“We have ended up conceding very easy goals. In the first goal (against Sofapaka), the goalkeeper had already left his line but the defender who should have covered for him just watched as the ball rolled into the net,” he added.

The Ugandan has all along known what his team needs. And it  has not been just players for the sake of it. So he has to make do with the fresh blood, the new players that Tusker wanted and got. Otherwise, he might bear the brunt sooner.

To be fair to Tusker FC, the so called inexperienced players have tried. In fact, they even managed to score four goals against a highly disciplined Sofapaka side on Sunday. With proper fine tuning, Timbe could get the best out of them. It is time to work!

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