Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo during the game against Bandari at Mbaraki on Sunday 8th April
Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo has welcomed the point earned in the 1 – 1 draw with Bandari FC at KPA Sports Club, Mbaraki on Sunday 8th April.
Ulinzi Stars had to stage a strong second half to rise from a goal conceded in the 25th minute and Masita Masuta’s 90th minute equalizer came with a big sigh, with the coach terming it welcome, considering the strength of the opponent.
With the weather set to favor the hosts from the start, the coach noted that putting up a stronger approach in the second half was part of the strategy.
“It is a point I embrace so much because going to Mombasa the first thing we wanted was to avoid defeat. Look at Bandari too, it is not a team you can afford to underrate. We opted to study them in the first half then come out strongly in the second half.
“It was unfortunate we conceded in the first half but I am happy with the response we gave. Though we missed a number of goal scoring chances in the second half, the important thing we got the goal we were looking for and I think that was a big positive,” he said.
About three good chances were missed in the final 10 minutes of the match as Ulinzi dominated the closing stages, before Masita’s strike and that will make the basis of the coach’s work on the team ahead of the game against Thika United.
“The lesson we take from the game as the technical bench is to work on our finishing. We have been talking about using our chances and though we didn’t use all of them in the game, I am happy that at least we scored from open play. Mostly we have been getting our goals from set pieces,” he added.
It was the second game that Masita came off the bench to lift the team, after earlier rising off the bench to score the winner against Kakamega Homeboyz and his contribution came with a congratulatory pat from the coach.
“Masuta is not an aggressive striker but very fast and intelligent; to bench him against Bandari was a strategy because of the weather. I wanted him on when the opponents were a bit jaded so we could cash in on his speed and intelligent moves in the box, and it worked well.
“I am pleased at his contribution in the game,” he concluded.