Ulinzi Stars will take on Mombasa based SS Assad in the opening round of the FKF Shield Cup on Saturday 16 March at the Ukunda show grounds with the tie representing a return back home for two of the team’s players.
Midfielders Sunday Mwahila and Ibrahim Shambi were both roped in from Assad and will both be expected to line-up against their former side with Mwahila, who left Assad just four months ago, excited that he will play at a pitch that made him, against a side he knows all too well.
“I am happy and ready for this game; as at now, this is my most important game, and I would say it feels good to be home and at very familiar surroundings. I am under no pressure at all and I just want to go there and enjoy myself,” the young midfielder told the club’s official website.
Chance to prove
“I am happy to have this opportunity because it is not only a chance for me to prove to my former team that I am at a better place, but also prove to my current coach that I have what it takes to be in this team,” he said.
Mwahila was roped in by Ulinzi after impressing during the pre-season break when he turned out for Kwale combined against the Soldiers in a friendly in December.
He has so far featured in one game, a league fixture against Sony Sugar in early January in which Danstun Nyaudo’s men won 2-1.
Ulinzi will be looking to secure this year’s Shield crown after losing in the final in 2016 and making the semi-finals last year.