Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo in conversation with Kariobangi Sharks’ William Muluya ahead of a past game between the two sides
Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo is set to face Kariobangi Sharks for the third time this season when Ulinzi Stars takes on the Nairobi based team in the first semi final of the 2018 SportPesa Shield on Sunday 23rd September at Kasarani.
Ahead of the game, The Don has warned his charges not to expect it easy from the fast rising Kariobangi Sharks, and especially drawing examples from the opening two meetings this season, which have produced a draw and a win for Ulinzi Stars.
Third straight season
This will be the third straight season that Sharks get to grace the Shield semis, and were losing finalists last year. The Don has termed them a team with belief and energy, stating his respect for the side as he prepares his men for war.
“Sharks is a great team full of youth and energy; they have belief in themselves and is not a team anyone can dare underrate. In terms of accolades we have more, but I respect them a lot because in the two matches we have played them it hasn’t been easy and you also see the way they are posting good results lately.
“They have the same ambitions as us in the season and I think that says all regarding how tough this game will be,” he said.
Ulinzi Stars warmed up for the game with a win over Gor Mahia on Wednesday, where he was deprived of a number of key players, with injuries, while others were rested but heading to this game the coach insists he will give a chance to deserving players.
“We rested a few players, some who came in later in the game but my script remains the same; I give a chance to players who deliver in training and general preparations. The best gift for them is giving them play time.
“So the team that beat Gor Mahia is good and equal to the task should we send them out there against Kariobangi Sharks so don’t expect much changes though we may inject one or two players in there,” he added.