Elvis Nandwa (right) takes on Kariobangi Sharks defender Bolton Omwenga in the game at Camp Toyoyo on March 31st, 2018. Nandwa is a doubt for the return leg clash at Afraha Stadium on Sunday 8th July
After the comfortable 2 – 0 win over Thika United in the last match, head coach Dunstan The Don Nyaudo will be hoping to pick three more points when Kariobangi Sharks tour Nakuru on Sunday 8th July but he will miss a number of key players.
Winger Michael Otieno, who has been crucial both in attack and defensively in the recent matches, will be out on suspension, having picked his fifth yellow card of the season in the win over Thika United at the start of the month.
“Michael’s defensive and attacking prowess and his crosses have been crucial for us in the season; he has been a key player so far and we will definitely miss him in this game. It basically means I have to rethink my strategy for the game, but injuries to other players aren’t helping much,” the coach said.
Elvis Nandwa scored a brace in the game against Thika but has been down with malaria for most of the week and it remains unlikely he will keep his spot in the team. He was used sparingly in the Thursday friendly match against Timsales and the coach feels he will need a late assessment.
Oscar Wamalwa got his scoring touch in the friendly match as Ulinzi Stars picked a 3 – 0 win, but suffered a recurrence of his knee injury and just like Nandwa, he remain unavailable, for now, joining Oscar Injika, who is a confirmed absentee for the game with an ankle injury.
“Nandwa is still weak and that, I will say in a major blow for us, because after scoring last week, we’d want him to keep fit and extend that run. We shall see how he will be tomorrow (Sunday) before making a decision.
“Wamalwa will also have to be checked tomorrow after complaining of knee pain in the friendly match, but Injika is ruled out,” he added.
In the first leg meeting with Sharks, Nandwa scored the lone goal in the second half.