Head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has warned his charges against getting complacent when Ulinzi Stars faces Chemelil Sugar in the Wednesday 11th December Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash at the Muhoroni Stadium.
The match will be the team’s first for the month of December and coming off a good run, the coach observes that facing the team currently at the bottom of the standings and without a win so far in the season could pose a problem.
In both legs last season, the two teams drew, but Ulinzi Stars are unbeaten in the last five matches against Chemelil. Nyangweso will not let this get into his players’ heads as he notes an opponent at the foot of the table and yet to win is the most hard to face.
“We have trained well so far. Save for the two players who are away on national team duty, and (Samuel) Mwangi who has a family problem to sort, everyone else is here and the morale is as it should be ahead of the game. I am satisfied.
“We are playing a team that has not won a game this season and is bottom. This is a team that will give all to beat us, so we have to be at the top of our game. Playing a team going through hardships, like Chemelil is very tough and I have insisted this on my players. We can’t afford to get carried over. We need to keep our concentration levels high for the entire 90 minutes. They all know the crucial nature of this game,” he said.
Saruni and Jacktone
Oscar Wamalwa and Timothy Odhiambo are away in Uganda at the CECAFA Senior Challenge. Nyangweso believes he has enough quality to cover for them. For the first time this season, Timothy will not be manning the posts and in his absence, Nyangweso will choose between Jacktone Odhiambo and skipper James Saruni.
The coach is leaving it open for the two to fight for the position but notes that they have all been impressive.
“They are training well, and giving their all. We have enough quality in the team and especially in the goalkeeping department. By the time we get to the game, my fellow coaches and I will have decided on who starts. I am confident that whoever gets the chance will do the job as well as Timothy has done in the 12 games this season,” he added.
Earlier, the coach’s plans had a boost in the returns of Boraafya Omar and Ibrahim Shambi, who were out with injury.