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Ulinzi Stars now turn guns on high flying Mathare United

09:52 GMT+4 14/02/2018
Ulinzi Stars v Zoo Kericho.
Ulinzi Stars beat Mathare United home and away last season; 5-1 and 1- 0 but the coach is not getting carried away

Ulinzi Stars have vowed to bounce back to winning ways after losing by a solitary goal to Sony Sugar on Sunday.

The soldiers’ coach Dunstan Nyaudo is keen to lead is side back to winning ways but against a Mathare United side, who have won two of their opening matches and are perched at the top of the league table.

Ulinzi Stars beat Mathare United home and away last season; 5-1 and 1- 0 but the coach is not getting carried away by past achievements against the team, whose current assistant coach – Salim Ali – is a former Ulinzi Stars coach.

“The current Mathare United side is a very tactical team. Last year they struggled but took their lessons so this time they recruited well to solve their shortcomings and they have a lot of necessary experience in the team as well.

“They are a good team but we are also strong and we will prepare and go out there to give a good account of ourselves,” Nyaudo told the club’s official website.

A key absentee in the Ulinzi Stars team so far this season has been defender Brian Birgen, who suffered a knee sprain in pre-season. It was expected Birgen would make the team in the trip to Sony Sugar but the coach opted for caution, letting him recover fully before resuming action.

The coach is not taking any chances with the defender’s recovery but stated that he will be observed with view of getting him ready for the Mathare game.

“According to the medical report, he still has some pain, because he had a knee injury and these are treated with really a lot of care, lest you damage it. He is however responding well and maybe he will be ready for Mathare United.”