Three more new faces as team takes shape for season opener

John Njuguna is closely watched AFC Leopards’ Dennis Sikhayi and Eugene Mukangula in the Saturday 1st December, 2018 friendly match at Hope Center

Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo has added to his arsenal three players as he finalizes on the list of players he intends to use in the first leg of the 2018/19 season which kicks off this weekend, with the team set to take on Vihiga United in the first order of the season, at Mumias Sports Complex.

Winger Sande Mwahila, 22, has been roped in from Coast based FKF Division One side SS Assad and he joins 18 – year old John Njuguna and former Muhoroni Youth and Tusker defender Paul Muchika, who has completed his military training and is set to feature for the team.

Defender Paul Muchika takes on an AFC Leopards forward during the preseason friendly match at Hope Center on Saturday 1st December, 2018

The Don, while confirming the signings, stated that he is happy with their contribution in the preseason engagements the team has had and intimated that being all young players, they form a core of the team’s future.

Something extra

“I have seen something extra from these players and I believe we will be a better team with them in. We are trying to look at the current state of the team as well as the future so we have to go for such youthful players,” he told the website team.

The three additions make it five new faces at the team with Clinton Omondi having arrived earlier from Sony Sugar and Ezekiel Okare from Sofapaka. Omondi will however head straight to military training and will not be part of the team for the season.

Future of the team

The coach’s ambition to secure the future of the team will further be boosted by the fact that apart from Omondi, three more players from other teams have been cleared to go for military training and will be available for the team in the 2019/2020 season.

Defender Edmond Kwanya from Sofapaka, midfielder Hans Omondi from Timsales FC and defender Quintine Indeche, who earlier played for the Ulinzi Stars U20 team will all be going for military training after being recruited.

“These are also players we are looking at to boost the team after this season. There are a bunch of players we have currently, who will be leaving for military training after the season and we won’t need to look too far for replacements because this group will be through already.

“It all fits into the plan to have a stronger Ulinzi team for now and the future,” he said.

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