Ulinzi Stars’ quest for a third straight win in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) was thwarted by Nzoia Sugar on Sunday 24 November as the two sides played to a 1-1 draw at Afraha Stadium, much to the dissatisfaction of head coach Benjamin Nyangweso.
A first half strike by Felicien Okanda saw Nzoia take the lead against all odds, and though his team rallied to pull the leveler midway through the second half, via John Njuguna’s long range strike, Nyangweso felt his team deserved more than just a point.
Two points lost
“We lost two points; this was a home game, and we just had to pick three points. You never know what happens when you go to play away from home.
“The first half performance was not good enough and I impressed this on them at half time. I wanted to see better in the second half and they did just that. They played with a winning mentality,” he said.
The draw saw Ulinzi slip to fifth place on the log, with 17 points. Next up, the four – time champions play league leaders Gor Mahia in what is expected to be a tougher clash.
Nyangweso is hoping his charges turn up from the opening minute in the game and believes with a replication of the second half performance against Nzoia Sugar, they may bag the three points on offer.
“It will be another tough game but we will plan well just like all the other matches. They are on top but we will go there seeking to play well, and hunting for three points. We have to play the way we did in the second half to be able to take three points from Gor Mahia,” he added.
The Gor Mahia versus Ulinzi Stars clash is scheduled for 4.15pm EAT at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.