After his team’s 0-0 result against AFC Leopards, Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has put the blunt showing at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 3 November all down to injuries that have plagued the team’s attacking department of late.
Ulinzi were without last season’s league top scorer Enosh Ochieng for the tie against Leopards with the forward believed to have suffered a groin injury in the lead up to the game and were forced to field an injured Oscar Wamalwa in attacks.
This left the Soldiers with minimal forays upfront and in his assessments, Nyangweso, who has his team sitting in 6th place with 13 points, blamed the fact that injuries had deprived him of his hitmen.
Less chances created
He said, “We didn’t create chances against Leopards and it is basically down to the fact that my forwards are injured. Enosh wasn’t with us and Wamalwa was playing with an injury. But I am happy with the point under the circumstances.”
Nyangweso also went on to praise his defenders for keeping at bay league top scorer John Makwatta, who has netted five times in his debut campaign with Ingwe.
“We had prepared for Leopards because we know they have very good attackers and I must thank my defenders for the way they played against Makwatta who did not have that many clear chances to score. I believe he only had two shots on target so I must congratulate my players.”
The four time league champions have the league’s joint best defence with only three goals conceded in the eight games they have played thus far. They lie now three points adrift of top spot and will next take on Bandari FC on Saturday.