Two top friendlies lined up as preseason schedule intensifies

Harun Mwale in action during the preseason friendly match against Bandari FC on 24th November

Head coach Dunstan Nyaudo will have a much clearer view of the team he intends to parade for the 2018/19 season this weekend when he sends out his charges for two friendly matches against fellow top tier sides, Mathare United and AFC Leopards.

The team will take on Mathare United at the Goan Institute in the first match, on Friday 30th November at 10am then retreat for recovery training after which they will face off with Leopards on Saturday 1st December at KTTC in Gigiri.

The Don has attached a lot of importance on the friendly matches as he is set to name his final team for the coming season after the second game, against Leopards. He has termed the weekend matches a big test for his players as he called on them to give their all.

High profile

“These are very high profile friendly matches and I am personally taking them with a lot of seriousness. There are things I am looking out for from my group of players because I have a number of them who are still being observed.

“After the second friendly match I will name my final team for the coming season,” he said.

Coach Dunstan Nyaudo issues instructions at a past training session

The team recently returned from a preseason tour of the Coastal region where it played friendly matches across the counties of Kwale, Mombasa and Kilifi and The Don is satisfied at the progress gained in the vigorous schedule that lasted three weeks and saw the team feature in 10 friendly matches.

10 friendly matches

The team faced off in friendly matches against combined teams from Wundanyi, Kwale, Mombasa, and Malindi as well as others against second tier sides Modern Coast Rangers and Coast Stima FC. It also played Kenya Navy, Congo Boys and Kilifi All Stars before wrapping up the tour with a clash against fellow top tier side Bandari FC.

“I am happy about the preseason program we had at the coast and I can say we gained a lot from the friendly matches as well. We are now in the final days before the new season and I am glad at the intensity and general preparations.

“We will have the actual picture of where we are as a team after the coming two friendly matches,” he added.

So far, the coach has confirmed signing two players – Clinton Omondi and Ezekiel Okare – from Sony Sugar and Sofapaka respectively.

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