Ulinzi Stars FC will be without the services of Elvis Nandwa, George Omondi and Kelvin Thairu for the second leg of the 2019-20 season after the three players left for advancement in their military courses and will return when through.
Thairu and Omondi leave the team for military enrollment.
The departures leave the four time Kenyan champions stretched in some areas but head coach Benjamin Nyangweso has wished the trio well as they seek to advance in their careers.
He is quoted on the club’s official website as saying, “Nandwa and Thairu play in the same position, so you see we will miss them, while George is a key man in our defence and his departure leaves us a bit thin. However, I want to look at this very positively; we will miss them but again these are crucial steps they are making in their careers.
“Their growth in both football and the military is very key for us as a club and so we are happy for them, as we seek ways of coping without them.”
In the meantime, Ulinzi have been boosted by the return of Hamisi Abdalla and Churchill Muloma who have returned from their military advancement courses after missing the first-leg of the season and the return to fitness of Ibrahim Shambi. This has given Nyangweso a bit of reprieve even as he is set to lose several other players in February.
“Hamisi and Muloma are coming back, which is good for us, and Shambi has been working hard to cement his place in the team. He is very positive too and I believe we will be able to cope in light of the departures,” he said.
Ulinzi are having a stellar season so far where they have lost just one of their 17 league games and lie in 4th place on the standings with 34 points, three points adrift of top spot.