Head coach Benjamin Nyangweso is confident of better times ahead
Newly installed head coach Benjamin Nyangweso is confident that as constituted, Ulinzi Stars has a good enough team to challenge for honors but has called for patience as he seeks to instill his philosophy after his confirmation on Sunday 24 March.
The coach took charge of training on the same day as his confirmation and posted a positive review of the players, while also passing gratitude to his predecessor, Dunstan Nyaudo, who has been promoted to the Technical Director’s position.
Can be done
Speaking to the media team after training, he admitted he will have to burn midnight oil getting his style adopted by the players, having picked the team midway through the campaign but stated that it can be done.
“We had a very good session and I was welcomed well. The players showed good morale; just what any coach would want, and I want to say a big thank you to coach Nyaudo for the good job he has done so far in shaping the team.
“I am here to continue with what he started and I will be working with the players and fellow coaches to instill my philosophy in the team. Having taken over in midseason means it will be a bit tough but step by step we will get there,” he said.
Nyangweso, who led the team to the 2010 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title as well as the 2011 KPL Top 8 Cup, will have his first assignment against Sony Sugar on Wednesday 27th March at Afraha Stadium.
He has been a keen follower of the team and a regular at its matches. In his first assessment, he said he will be trying to address the team’s attacking woes.
“Defensively, we are not badly off; we just need a little tightening. I think the most work needs to be done in attack. We have been scoring few goals, picking slim wins and mostly drawing. To be able to rise well, we need to score lots of goals and that is the one area we will be putting a lot of focus.
The coach will however not be rushing to make changes in the team.
“I will not be dropping anyone just yet, and I will also not rush into the transfers. I want to take time and look at the team, assess the strengths and weaknesses then see how we plan for the remainder of the season. If need be, we will get a new player but like I said, I want to work with the available players,” he added.
Unity and patience
As he checks in, Nyangweso is really keen on leading a united house and hopes to reap on the goodwill shown in the first day at work. One man whose experience he will on reaping from is The Don, and he has also called on fans and former Ulinzi Stars players to come closer to the team and support it more.
“I have served with coach Nyaudo before in various capacities and I know him well. I am sure we will be a better team bringing in my experience and his experience. This is going to be really good for the team and I look forward to working with him.
“Also, I want to call on fans to up their game in supporting the team. They have to understand their crucial place in the team’s ambitions and success and come out more to push the players. Our former players also hold a special place and it is my appeal to them as well, to come out and support the team. We need all the goodwill we can get,” he noted.
While he prepares for his first game in charge, Nyangweso has however warned that with the changes, a little patience will be key.
“We have a lot to do, and it is already midseason. We will take one step at a time and this calls for patience from all stakeholders,” he concluded.