Hassan Mohammed is among Ulinzi Stars trio who have been ruled out of the Shield Cup third and fourth place playoff on Saturday.
The soldiers are set to battle it out with the 2017 Shield champions, AFC Leopards at the Kasarani Stadium, but the ghost of injuries seems to have followed Coach Dunstan Nyaudo even to the knockout competition.
Nyaudo had to grapple with myriad injuries, especially in the second leg of the just ended KPL season, but, forcing him to devise tricks to cover the weak ends. Nyaudo revealed that the three will not take part in the weekend games.
“I’ve been playing with injuries for the better part of the second leg (2018 season) but I believe in rotational football. That has been our strength because I get everyone ready at any time.
“Mbogi Omar), Wamalmwa (Oscar and Rio (Hassan Mohammed) all have injuries and will not be taking part in the game.
“The final will be between Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka with the winner set to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup next season,' Nyaudo told Goal.
Despite the many injuries in his squad, Nyaudo still steered Ulinzi to a fourth-place finish and a semi-final berth in the Shield where they lost to Sharks.
Nyaudo, who had been out of top management for a long time before he took over from Benjamin Nyangweso last December, also coached Ulinzi Stars U-19 and Waterworks, whom he led to a third-place finish in the Nationwide League.