Team’s fighting spirit thrills The Don

Enosh Ochieng celebrates his second goal against Sofapaka in the 2 – 2 draw at Afraha Stadium on Saturday 29th December, 2018

Ulinzi Stars clawed back from a losing position in the game against Sofapaka on Saturday to pick a point, much to the satisfaction of head coach Dunstan Nyaudo, who hailed the fighting spirit that saw the team at one point lead before being forced to a 2 – 2 draw.

While it marked the second straight draw, after the earlier one against Mathare United, The Don saw a big positive in the team’s character, heading to the clash depleted with injuries and absences to a number of key players.

Enosh Ochieng scored both goals in the second half to take his tally to three so far and positives aside, the coach admitted he will have to take time and work on the defensive blips seen, which allowed Sofapaka to score twice for the second straight game against Ulinzi Stars at Afraha Stadium.

Comeback

“What really impressed me about our game was the comeback; it shows the players have a great mentality and character. We conceded through mistakes in clearing the ball, a small lapse that we can work on

“We went to the game with four injuries and I was forced to change; Rio (Hassan Mohamed) is just coming back to the team and is not yet where we know him to be mentally. Brian (Birgen) is out injured, Mbongi (Omar) is on compassionate leave and (Ibrahim) Shambi is also away. All these impact on the team’s defensive output but we will work on that.

“Upfront, from the midfield, things are good, and we are creating chances and also scoring goals,” he said.

Bikokwa return

Enosh Ochieng’s brace means he will go to the next game, against Nzoia Sugar high in confidence but that is not the only good news for The Don. Mark Bikokwa is set for a return to action, further boosting the attack and he may just get to feature against his former employers.

“Enosh came in in the second game and scored, in the third game, against Mathare he got a few good chances and came close and in the fourth he scored twice. It shows his mobility and confidence is good and I wanted to see him in a full game. He did well and we will see more of him in that attacking position.

“We are expecting Bikokwa back to full action as he recovers from injury and it will be a big boost for us. We want to see him paired with Okare, Enosh or Mwanzia and assess our options. If he turns out to be fit enough for the Nzoia game, he will definitely play a part,” he added.

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