James Magayi @magayijim
Ulinzi Stars’ rejigged technical bench is confident of a good season after getting off to a flying start in the 2018 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) following their 4-2 thrashing of Zoo Kericho at Afraha Stadium last Saturday.
The victory thrusts Ulinzi among the frontrunners for the league title following a subdued performance last year, which saw them uncharacteristically end up seventh.
Dunstan Nyaudo’s tenure as the soldiers’ new head coach could not have started any better and alongside former team stalwarts James Mulinge (assistant coach) and Stephen Ochola (team manager), the soldiers are anticipating a thrilling title charge this year.
Ulinzi are third on the log behind Gor Mahia and Bandari but Nyaudo is unperturbed and looking at the future with positivity. “I am confident in the capabilities of this team and the technical bench.
We want to work and try to improve on what the team achieved last year,” he said after their emphatic victory. Nyaudo also heaped praises on his technical staff, saying: “If you look at Ocholla, Mulinge and Francis Onyiso (goalkeeping coach), they are all former internationals, former Ulinzi players and are all licensed coaches so they have a role towards running Ulinzi Stars as a professional outfit and as head coach, I’m really confident in their capabilities.”
Whether or not the team can keep the tempo remains to be seen as seven other clubs that bagged maximum points on match day one while bigwigs Tusker and Sofapaka’s opening day losses leave them at the bottom of the table.