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Veteran coach feels that the fact they have not been active

By Barry Silah
Friday, October 30th, 2020
Edwin Wafula (L) of Nzoia FC and Enosh Ochieng of Ulinzi Stars vie for the ball in a past premier league match at Kasarani. INSET: Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso. Photo/PD/SPORTPICHA/DAVID NDOLO
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Ulinzi Stars Head Coach Benjamin Nyangweso believes that his team  has what it takes to win the local premier league title and promised to take the battle to defending champions Gor Mahia who are already tipped as favourites on paper.

Speaking to People Sport, the veteran tactician, however, only expressed concerns over preparedness of the squad considering the team had not trained as a unit for many months due to Covid-19 restrictions.

He stated that they would go in the new season as professionals and play their hearts out to enable them pick as many points as possible to help them in their quest.

Despite the team having been inactive in the current transfer window, while others beefed up their sides, Nyangweso remains adamant that he is satisfied with his current crop of players and tipped them to shine since they have consistency as they have played together and understand his tactics.

“My only worry is that we have not trained and that is a big issue but certainly when the season resumes we will find our rhythm.

Since the sport calendar was interrupted, we have not really found a moment as a squad but otherwise the players have their own individual training programs.

We are going for the title next season and I know we are more than capable of achieving that target,” said Nyangweso who is set to start his title campaign either against Vihiga United or Kisumu All-stars’ after the playoffs winner is determined.

The former Premier League Champions were fourth placed on the log when the league was halted in March and according to Nyangweso who was in charge of the team when they last won the local title in 2010, improvement will be critical adding that his familiar unit will be advantaged. 

“Many teams have signed even more than 10 players unlike us who have maintained the same squad and therefore consistency will be our weapon.

The players know each other well so it should not be a problem challenging for the tittle.

We have to give Gor Mahia a proper competition because they have dominated so for long,” he said.

He lauded Football Kenya Federation for roping in multiple sponsors to upscale the level of football in the country.

“Having a steady line of sponsors is important for us because of stability and in turn that will improve our game.

In the past, it was a huge challenge for many teams and at times there were several walkovers but now we can look ahead with joy.

It will build competitiveness in our league and in turn the national team will benefit,” said the Kenya Army Sergeant.

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