Ulinzi falls to Leopards in final preseason friendly

Ezekiel Okare controls the ball in the friendly match against AFC Leopards at Hope Center on Saturday 1st December at Hope Center in Kawangware, Nairobi.

Ezekiel Okare controls the ball in the friendly match against AFC Leopards at Hope Center on Saturday 1st December

The last of a busy schedule of preseason friendly matches did not end too well for Ulinzi Stars as the team ceded the lead to fall 1 – 2 to AFC Leopards in a Saturday 1st December friendly match staged at Hope Center in Kawangware, Nairobi.

Daniel Waweru gave Ulinzi Stars the lead midway through the opening half after a good interchange of passes with Elvis Nandwa but shortly after, AFC Leopards new signing Isaac Kipyegon slotted in the equalizer.

The first half ended all even and Kipyegon was at it again with the second goal early in the second half after getting to the end of a parried ball by goalkeeper James Saruni.

Defender Paul Muchika takes on an AFC Leopards forward during the preseason friendly match at Hope Center on Saturday 1st December

Coach’s reaction

While the result proved negative, head coach Dunstan Nyaudo was happy at the practice his team got from the game and as he goes into the final touches ahead of the opening game of the season against Vihiga United he is convinced he will have a better unit.

“I am not so concerned about the result; we have played a very good side in AFC Leopards and I have seen all I wanted to. I tested my starting team and I was impressed with the chance creation, then I ensured that everyone played so I could have a feel of their individual qualities.

“I am convinced that with the work we are planning to put in this coming week, we will be a better unit ahead of the first game and going forward,” he said.

The game against Vihiga is scheduled for Sunday 9th December at Mumias Sports Complex.

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