Elvis Nandwa was much reserved in his celebration after scoring the equalizer against Vihiga United in the third round of the SportPesa Shield
The second meeting with Vihiga United in a span of eight days was not a walk in the park; Ulinzi Stars had to dig deep for the 2 – 1 win, coming from behind to see off the hosts in the SportPesa Shield third round match played at the Mumias Sports Complex on Sunday 22nd July.
The sturdy approach by the hosts was well expected by head coach Dunstan Nyaudo, who had earlier on masterminded a 2 – 0 win over the same side at the same venue. He had warned his charges of a spirited attack from the home team, which materialized.
He was however strategic enough to call on his troops to exploit the spaces left by the hosts as they poured forward in attack, which paid off with two headed goals from Elvis Nandwa and Oscar Wamalwa either side of the break.
“We knew it was not going to be easy and we had to plan so well for it, tactically. We waited until the moment that we wanted; we knew they were going to come to us and we were ready to exploit the spaces they left. That is how we were able to score the two goals and I had a feeling with numerous crosses we would get the goals,” the coach noted.
The win kept the team in pursuit for a high finish in the league as well as the chance to win the title, and the coach acknowledged that indeed playing in the league and cup will come with pressure but backed his players to handle it well.
“It comes with some pressure but again, we are prepared for it and we know the SportPesa Shield is the most realistic chance for us winning silverware because Gor Mahia are moving away and to get them will really be tough,” he added.
Ulinzi will next play Riverplate in the tournament.