Ulinzi Stars keeper James Saruni says he is ready to give a fight for a starting place in the team as the new season sets in.
Saruni, who was rewarded with the 2012 Most disciplined player award, says he is focused on working hard and impressing the coaches to get the starting place.
“Last season I played a couple of games but not much. This season, I am looking at improving myself greatly and get more playing time probably in the FKF Cup or the Top 8 tournament or even the league,” Saruni told the club's official website.
“Ulinzi has always been blessed with very good goalkeepers and for me to get to the top I have to work really hard. Jacktone (Odhiambo) is very good and so is Dunco and for me to beat them, I have to step up my efforts."
“I am looking forward to a great 2013 season and I am confident we are going to be better than last season. The team has learnt from last year’s mistakes and we are stronger now."
Elsewhere, newly appointed captain Evan Amwoka has urged the whole team to be united as he takes up his new role. Amwoka says that the only way the team can realize its objectives is to ensure that they stay united right from the top trickling down to all the players.
“The Holy word says that where there is unity, God commands blessings. I want to urge all the players to be united as well as the management and the technical bench. That is the bedrock of any team’s success."
“I thank the management for giving me this role and I want to promise that I will do my best,” he says.
“This is also a challenge to me to work harder and ensure that I am a regular in the starting team and that will only mean I stay at the top of my game, also to be a good example to the other players. I was the Captain in 2010 and 2011 and we were successful in both seasons and I want to hope that same success can be replicated in 2013."