Head coach enthralled at subs’ impact in fifth win

Oscar Wamalwa leads team mates in celebrating his second first goal against Nakumatt FC at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, on Sunday 22nd April

A game changing show by first half sub Oscar Wamalwa and an energetic performance in the second half by Cliff Kasuti, adding to Elvis Nandwa’s second goal of the season guided the team to a well deserved 3 – 2 win over Nakumatt on Sunday 22nd April, and the fifth win of the campaign, much to head coach Dunstan Nyaudo’s applause.

A slow start to the match saw Ulinzi Stars trail in the opening 10 minutes but recovered well from the early concession despite losing Masita Masuta to injury in the 22nd minute.

Wamalwa, who replaced Masuta chipped in with two goals and an all round great show that troubled Nakumatt defenders, while second half substitute Cliff Kasuti was instrumental in the second goal as he won a penalty slammed home by Wamalwa.

Coach’s challenge

The coach cut a satisfied figure, reflecting on the performance of the two substitutes he made in the game while throwing the duo a veiled challenge to keep working hard.

“A substitute holds the key to changing the game and I am happy that this season, my subs have been working well. A player coming from the bench or from outside the team will always work because he wants to maintain a place in the team.

“Oscar was out for three matches and going in he knew he had to prove me wrong for leaving him out of the team in those games. Kasuti has also not started for three matches and we saw his impact when he got then chance. The important thing is to have good correctors on the bench; when you have them you will get what you want,” the coach said.

Jacktone Odhiambo

Goalkeeper Jacktone Odhiambo was also a great contributor to the win with a series of fine saves, and his contribution on his first game of the season did not escape the coach’s attention, and with two other quality keepers in the team – skipper James Saruni and Kenya U23 international Timothy Odhiambo – he admits to a headache in team selection.

“Jacktone played well, and I liked the way he commanded the defence. He is an experienced keeper and made a lot of good saves. The best department I have in this team is the goalkeeping – Timo and Saruni are equally good keepers and at times it gives me a headache in selection,” he acknowledged.

Moving on

With the team set to resume training on Tuesday ahead of the clash against Chemelil Sugar on Sunday 29th April, the coach can only hope his charges maintain the same fighting spirit shown against Nakumatt.

“The hard work that we put in training and the strategies we brought on board worked well. This win is a good motivator ahead of the next game and looking at the fight we gave and the conditions we played in, it will definitely move us to the next level,” he noted.

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