After spending a week in camp at the high altitude Nanyuki training base, Ulinzi Stars created time to visit the club’s junior teams – the Ulinzi Stars U20 and Ulinzi Stars U13 teams at the Laikipia Air Base as part of the club’s mentorship program.
Led by the club’s Officer in Charge, Cpt Kelvin Opuko, the team had sessions with the two youth teams and also had the senior team face off with the U20 side in an exhibition match, which ended 3 – 1 in favor of the senior team.
OIC and head coach
Both the OIC and head coach Benjamin Nyangweso had mentorship sessions with the junior teams with the key message being to encourage them to keep focus on their goals and avoid the numerous distractions that may be cast their way.
In the absence of skipper James Saruni, who is at the national team, assistant captain Hassan Mohamed also had a word of advice for the young boys, insisting on them the need to always be positive and keep working to get better.
Speaking to the Ulinzi Stars media team thereafter, Cpt Opuko underscored the crucial importance of the two teams in the short and long term future of Ulinzi Stars.
“These young boys hold a crucial place in the planning of Ulinzi Stars as a club. We are investing in them and also hoping for mutual gains in future. Football today requires that your start nurturing players early enough and that’s what we want to achieve with these boys.
“We had our mentorship sessions with them and all went well. Hopefully these are the faces we will see at Ulinzi Stars in the near future,” the OIC said.
While camping in Nanyuki, the team has also had two friendly matches, against Nanyuki Sportiff, which ended 3 – 1 in Ulinzi Stars’ favor and against LYSA, which Ulinzi Stars also won, 2 – 0.