Saruni: Ulinzi Stars can go past second round

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The Soldiers’ captain made vital saves including a penalty to help the team cruise into to the next round of the competition

Harambee Stars and Ulinzi Stars custodian James Saruni says the team has taken vital lessons from the first round of Caf Confederations Cup.

The Soldiers’ captain made vital saves including a penalty to help the team cruise into to the next round of the competition. Saruni says the team has enough quality to progress and perform even better in the competition.

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"I am very happy to have helped my team progress. It was not an easy match and we had to do our best to ensure we do not concede. It was a learning experience for us and I am happy we have successfully completed our lessons,” Saruni told Goal.

"Definitely the second round will be challenging but we are determined to do our best and go past the stage. We can make history because it is all about hard work."

Ulinzi Stars under coach Benjamin Nyangweso needed penalties to eliminate Al Hilal Benghazi of Libya 5-4. Ulinzi beat the visitors 1-0 in the second leg at Kasarani to level the tie 1-1 following their 1-0 loss to Benghazi in Cairo, Egypt last weekend.

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Former Sony Sugar forward Samuel Onyango provided the solitary goal in regulation time, a well weighted shot from the right side in the 18th minute that beat goalkeeper Murad Alwuheeshi.

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Other Kenyan representatives Tusker were eliminated by Mauritius side ASPL from the Caf Champions League after losing 2-1 away on Sunday. Ulinzi will now face Egyptian giants Smouha in the next round.

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