Ulinzi Stars’ journey in the 2019/20 season will start of at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu, in a 1400hrs kickoff against newly promoted Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Kisumu All Stars and going to the match, head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has insisted on the crucial importance of starting off with a win.
The coach, a league winner with the team in 2010, will not have a number of key players, who are out for various reasons but he has full confidence in his available men as he looks to make this a memorable season.
Hassan Mohamed is out on official duty, while Churchill Muloma is off for career advancement courses. Defenders Brian Birgen and Omar Mbongi are doubtful as both are nursing injuries picked from the EAC Military Games, while Ibrahim Shambi is away on compassionate leave.
Not a big problem
“A few players will not be with us but that should not be a very big problem. I am sure of the quality of players that I have and I remain hopeful that we will give this season a good start. We play a team that has just been promoted and is very ambitious so we will have to be employ caution but I have told my players and they know it too, that a win in the first game is very crucial,” he said.
The team had a good showing at the 2019 EAC Military Games and the coach acknowledges a lot of important lessons were picked from the four matches. He says they made up for good preseason training and going to the new season, he believes he will have better prepared players.
“The games were a crucial part of our preseason and I am happy with what we did as a team. It was a good measure for our fitness levels and gave me a picture of which players to use under certain circumstances. The lessons we took from the games are a lot and we will strive to implement the positives in the league,” he added.