Nyaudo thrilled at team character as focus shifts to Tusker

Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo follows proceedings in a past match. He has hailed the team’s character after the win over Sony Sugar

Just seven matches into the 2018/19 season, Ulinzi Stars has had to endure a topsy turvy time with five of the matches ending winless – three draws, two losses and two wins. However, after the most recent outing, a win over Sony Sugar, head coach Dunstan Nyaudo has called on his charges to rise to the occasion and deliver better results.

Sony Sugar is considered a really tough opponent, especially when playing at home, Awendo Green Stadium, and to get a win there means the players possess good fighting spirit and character, the coach said as he called on the same in the coming game against Tusker.

Home and away wins

In 2018, Sony picked home and away wins over Ulinzi Stars and after breaking an eight game winless run against the Millers, The Don is banking on the morale from the win heading into the clash with the Brewers, 3 – 0 winners over Ulinzi Stars last season, a result that marked the end of a great run that had seen the team pick nine points in three matches.

“The win over Sony shows it is all about approaching the game with a good mentality and applying the same. We decided as a team to put behind us all the sloppy performances and focus well and in the end it paid off. I liked their character in the match and I can say the winning touch is coming.

Tougher

“We know Tusker will be tougher. Their coach, Matano (Robert) was here and he knows a few things about Ulinzi Stars and he will want to exploit those. The advantage is two – way though; we also know his tactics and we will try countering them. A win here will surely give players confidence and the stability we so badly need,” he said.

In the corresponding fixture last year, Masita Masuta rose to head home Cliff Kasuti’s left footed cross to hand Ulinzi Stars a 1 – 0 win over Tusker at Afraha Stadium. Four points separate the two sides going into the game, with Tusker on 13 and fourth on the log while Ulinzi is ninth with as many points.

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