Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso is well aware it will be a grueling battle out at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu when he sends out his troops to take on Gor Mahia on Sunday 21 April.
After a shaky start that saw his team pick back to back losses, the coach has stabilized the team and in the run up to the Gor Mahia game, his side has picked two straight wins.
Seeking a third
He will be seeking a third one but admits that his players must bring on their ‘A’ game, facing the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions at a venue they enjoy a massive following.
He termed it a game as tough as all the others but he called on his players to be particularly cautious of the Gor midfield.
“No game is easy; we prepare for Gor Mahia knowing we are facing a tough opponent and they are also among the top teams at the moment. They have good midfielders and that is the backbone of their success; I will be keen on ensuring they do not dominate in that section.
“What I can say in general is that we will give them a good contest. We have to bring our ‘A’ game; we will punch when they punch; we will fight,” he says on the Ulinzi Stars website.
Under his predecessor, Dunstan Nyaudo, Ulinzi Stars beat Gor Mahia 2 – 0 in their last meeting in 2018, at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. Gor Mahia had defeated Ulinzi Stars by the same margin in the first leg of the same season.