Since Dunstan Nyaudo took over the coaching reins at Ulinzi Stars to replace Benjamin Nyangweso, the army side has remembered how to win in the SportPesa Kenyan Premier League (SPL).
Saturday, Ulinzi face Sofapaka test at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru and whether they have finally got it right remains to be seen and especially against a team that scared table-topping Gor Mahia stiff last weekend in a dramatic 3-3 draw.
The soldiers’ main worry will, however, be Stephen Waruru who had been their key striker for more than five seasons and will be playing against them on Saturday. Waruru left Ulinzi in a huff at the end of last season after being subjected to what he termed as unfair treatment and this will be the first time he will be facing his former employer since he joined Sofapaka.
But above all, this is an important match for Ulinzi, who are placed second in the chart, in that they will be within a touching distance of Gor, who are un-engaged, should they reap maximum at the expense of Batoto Ba Mungu.
Although one may allude that such probability is easier said than done considering that Ulinzi and Sofapaka are of similar context of strength, it would be advisable for the latter to give tight marking on Masita Masuta and Elvis Nandwa who have lately formed a deadly combination in the soldiers’ line-up.
In the meantime, Wazito who looked out of sorts in the 2-0 defeat by Ulinzi last week have a chance of redeeming themselves against Nzoia Sugar in one of the triple-header fixtures at Camp Toyoyo ground in Jericho on Sunday.
Placed 14th in the 18-team league chart, Wazito will miss the services of their main hammer in attack in form of Pistone Mutamba who is with the national team Harambee Stars for the two international friendlies against Swaziland and Equatorial Guinea.
Following the absence of the free-scoring Mutamba, the onus of pumping in goals for Wazito mainly lies on utility Joe Waithera.
As Wazito and Ulinzi go for each other’s jugular, Vihiga United will be seeking a second win on a trot when they date Thika United at Mumias Complex on Sunday.
Vihiga’s attacking force led by Chris Masinza has been creating clear-cut chances as evidenced in the team’s shock 2-0 win over Sony Sugar away last weekend, which is why the visitors have every reason to be afraid in the western Kenya setting.
And last week in Mombasa, hosts Bandari were not their usual selves in a 0-0 draw with Posta Rangers and anything short of an improved performance against Kariobangi Sharks in the early kick off at Camp Toyoyo on Sunday will not help appease their disillusioned fans.
Certainly, Bandari have the men to help them accomplish the mission in Nairobi and going by this statement, players like David King’atua and Shaban Kenga come into mind.