Preparations are on for the ninth match of the season, when Ulinzi Stars welcomes Bandari FC at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday 10th November and despite having a number of key players out injured, head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has called on his available players to keep the wheel rolling.
A number of first team players have missed in the past few matches and when Bandari comes calling, some will still be out. Enosh Ochieng, James Saruni, Omar Mbongi, Boniface Okinyi, Cyril Nasiali and George Omondi were all not part of the team that faced AFC Leopards in the last match.
Nyangweso admits that the injuries have undermined his strategy, but he remains optimistic that the available players will cover for their injured compatriots to keep the team on its feet. He thanked his men for the effort they have put in so far, and especially in defending. The team has managed six clean sheets in the opening eight matches.
“The piling injuries are messing my strategy a bit because we do not have the consistency we’d want. Nonetheless, we keep on fighting every day and I am happy with the effort. I have good players and they are all determined to push on when called upon and in training as well.
“So far, we have not picked all the points we’d have wanted to, but I am thankful for what we have managed to get and so far I am happy with the effort everyone has shown. Defensively especially, we have been good and it is down to the whole team and not just the defenders.
“When we lose the ball in attack, we have been defending as a team starting from the final third and that is why we have six clean sheets in eight matches. It is a team effort and I hope we continue that way,” he said.