Ulinzi Stars FC coach Benjamin Nyangweso will take the point gained from champions Gor Mahia as a positive even when he admits his team lost a couple of chances that would have seen the soldiers bag all three. Nyangweso- speaking to the press after their Sunday 21st 1-1 draw against Gor in Kisumu, is fascinated more with the point considering the quality of opposition he faced on the day.
”Picking one point from a team like Gor Mahia is a plus for my team,” he starts off, saying his strategy for the match was well-executed.
”In general, we played well, first I have to congratulate my players for good performance because they did everything that we had planned for. They played well, we lost chances, we got a goal so it’s a plus.”
Ulinzi managed to keep Gor at bay in the tie for the first 45 minutes, an opposition that had just come from a painful dropping of points in Kakamega three days before in Kakamega and one that was keen on quickly bouncing back to winning ways as they are used to.
At the start of the second half, however, Dennis Oliech struck and the tie looked to have taken an expected swing to Gor’s favor. Luck would, however, smile Ulinzi’s way when ten minutes later they were awarded a penalty. Enosh Ochieng made it 13 goals in the season, and 1-1 for Ulinzi.
Coach Nyangweso had been forced to bring in Bernard Ongoma in the first half for injured Ibrahim Shambi and he feels even though a minor setback, his change did well.
”We were forced to make a change because there was no otherwise and because we have surplus players on the substitutes bench. The ones we brought in played well, changed the game,” he says.
The draw takes the soldiers one point above Kariobangi Sharks and into 8th position on the 18-team Kenyan Premier League log. They next host Vihiga United on Wednesday in Nakuru.