Ulinzi Stars – Bandari Preview: Odhiambo back in time

Timothy Odhiambo will be back in the team for the Bandari game after his return from international duty with Harambee Stars

Ulinzi Stars will be deprived of the services of skipper James Saruni in the next match in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL), against Bandari on Sunday 17th June, after the keeper was sent off in the final minute of the game against Kakamega Homeboyz.

The Bandari clash comes through as a second straight home game after the Homeboyz clash and in this clash, head coach Dunstan The Don Nyaudo, will be hoping to not only extend the team’s dominance against Bandari, but also put a halt to a threev – game winless run the team has had recently.

Timothy back

In Saruni’s absence, goalkeeper Timothy Odhiambo is expected to fill the void, having just returned from the national team, where he was part of the squad for the Intercontinental Cup. Still, Odhiambo will have to fight for a place against Jacktone Odhiambo who has three cleans sheets in five matches.

Ahead of this match, Ulinzi Stars lost 1-2 to Sofapaka, 0 – 3 to Tusker and draw with Homeboyz more recently and as a result, dropping two places down to fourth and the coach will be hoping to get the team back to winning ways.

Defender Eugene Ochieng has started training after completing his military course and just maybe, he could join his brother – Timothy – as one of the changes the coach makes for the Bandari game.

A number of regulars were rested for the Homeboyz game, including Bernard Ongoma, George Omondi, and Oliver Ruto; it will be interesting to see how the coach incorporates them for the Bandari game.

Poor run against Ulinzi

Bandari heads to the clash in fine form, having picked two straight wins in the league but a poor run against Ulinzi Stars may be their biggest worry, having beaten Ulinzi Stars just once in the league in the last 15 meetings.

In the first leg meeting between the two sides, Masita Masuta had to come from the bench to score an 86th minute equalizer and having scored his second goal against Homeboyz last time, he will hope to repeat the feat against the Dockers.

Home advantage

This is a clash that rarely produces a win for the away side – Bandari’s only win in the past 15 matches, came in Mombasa in 2017 while in the seven wins Ulinzi Stars has had, only two came in Mombasa.

Bandari have no player suspended but midfielder Anthony Wambani has since moved to Sweden.

When the two sides face off, they will each be gunning for second place, currently occupied by Mathare United who have played 19 matches and are on 32 points with a +7 goal difference while Bandari have 30 points from 19 matches and +5 goal difference. Ulinzi Stars have 29 points from 18 matches and a +5 goal difference.

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