Time invested in defence paying off, says Nyangweso

Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso says the team has made big steps forward defensively as a result of time dedicated in shaping the defensive mindset of his players. The team has picked two successive clean sheets and as he prepares for the Wednesday 17 April game against Western Stima, he is hoping for one more.

A barren draw with Sofapaka, and a 2 – 0 win over Mathare United have lifted the team from back to back losses to Kakamega Homeboyz and AFC Leopards and Nyangweso has called on his charges not to drop the pace as they go into their 23rd match of the season.

Positioning and communication

“It feels good to see the team take home successive clean sheets. Earlier on we used to concede in each game but we worked on the positioning and communication in defence and now the results are there for all to see.

“Of course I also have a talented group of players, and that too played a part,” he says on the club website.

He also seems to be getting it right in attack and wants to see his players score more goals to kill off matches in good time and ease pressure, like they did against Mathare United.

Breathing space

“You can’t win a game without scoring and you also put yourself under pressure when you target slim margins. The second goal gave us the needed breathing space but also the confidence and that is what enabled us see the game off. We should do this more often,” he added.

In the first leg meeting with Western Stima, at Afraha Stadium, the two sides played to a 1 – 1 draw.