Head coach Benjamin Nyangweso is already planning his squad for the 2020/21 campaign and will have a major boost with the return to the team of three key players. When teams are officially allowed to resume training in the COVID-19 protocols, the coach will have defenders Omar Mbongi and George Omondi as well as midfielder Kelvin Thairu at his disposal.
Mbongi is set to return to the team after eight months out on official duty, having been redeployed by his unit in January 2020, which saw him miss the second part of the 2019/20 season. The season was disrupted in March due to COVID-19, and the defender will not have missed a lot by the time he returns.
Experienced in the premier league, and with national team caps under his belt, Mbongi will be a key addition to the squad. He can play comfortably at Centre Back, Left Back and Defensive Midfield, thus giving the coach more options.
In the disrupted 2019/20 season, Ulinzi Stars had the best defence in the league and jointly (with Tusker) had the least losses. To have Mbongi join the group will massively boost the team’s existing defensive capabilities and he will not be the only one returning.
George Omondi, who was not part of the team for the second half of the 2019/20 season will be back for his third season as an Ulinzi Stars player. He is fresh from the Recruits Training School (RTS) where he spent eight months.
Omondi will troop back along with his companion, Kelvin Thairu who was also at the RTS. Thairu joined the team at the start of last season from Mount Kenya United and at midseason left for military training. He will add options to coach Nyangweso’s click of creative midfielders in the new season.