The Don calls for a harder push as Shield enters money stage

Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo has called on his players to work harder after securing a place in the SportPesa Shield semi finals

After progressing to the SportPesa Shield semi finals, head coach Dunstan Nyaudo has called on his charges to keep their feet on the ground, in anticipation of harder fixtures ahead.

Ulinzi Stars stayed in the frame to win the cup after eliminating lower tier side River Plate FC with 4 – 1 win in the quarter finals at Bukhungu Stadium on Saturday 1 September and the next match will be against either Gor Mahia of Kariobangi Sharks.

Prepare well

The two face off on Sunday 2nd September in the last of the four quarter final matches and the coach says they will have to prepare well and expect a much harder fight that what they have had so far.

While a win over River Plate was all expected, the coach acknowledges that the Kakamega based side gave his team a good run.

“First I am happy that we are now in the money bracket and from this point it can only get better, but again, we have to push harder because now the challenge is going to get tougher as we head to the semis.

Move further

“We are looking to move further than just the money bracket and we know we will play a tougher team so we have to prepare well. River Plate is a lower tier team but I think they gave us a number of scares and they tested us well. They gave us a picture of where we are at the moment and I can only rally the boys to push harder,” he said.

Ulinzi Stars’ journey in the tournament saw the team beat Transmillan FC 3 – 0 in the round of 64 before getting a walkover in the round of 32 as Kakamega Homeboyz failed to turn up for the game at Afraha Stadium. The round of 16 served a 2 – 1 win for the team against Vihiga United in Mumias, which then set up a quarter final clash against River Plate.

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