Ulinzi Stars FC head coach Benjamin Nyangweso will once again face a week without key men as the team continues to grapple with injuries going into Match Day 9.
The team faces Bandari on Sunday 10, 2019 at Afraha Stadium, right after the barren draw with AFC Leopards on Match Day 8 and while Nyangweso will be hoping for a lift, he admits his planning has been affected by the unavailability of key men.
Up to six players, including skipper James Saruni and his assistant Boniface Onyango are injured ahead of the Bandari clash but the coach, speaking to the club’s website, stayed optimistic that they will sail through with available players.
“The piling injuries are messing my strategy a bit because we do not have the consistency we’d want. Nonetheless, we keep on fighting every day and I am happy with the effort. I have good players and they are all determined to push on when called upon and in training as well,” he says.
With just three goals conceded, and six clean sheets in eight matches, Ulinzi Stars have the joint best defence in the league, much to Nyangweso’s satisfaction.
He hailed the whole team for the good returns defensively as he called on the players not to loosen their grip.
“Defensively, we have been good and it is down to the whole team and not just the defenders.
“When we lose the ball in attack, we have been defending as a team starting from the final third and that is why we have six clean sheets in eight matches. It is a team effort and I hope we continue that way,” he adds.
After eight matches, Ulinzi Stars are paced sixth with 13 points. In their corresponding fixture with Bandari last season, they won 2-1 courtesy of Enosh Ochieng and Ezekiel Okare’s goals, while Yema Mwana scored for Bandari.