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Kariobangi Sharks to face Western Stima without Lokale

07:42 IST 30/08/2019
Sydney Lokale of Kariobangi Sharks v Frank Bala od Mount Kenya United.
Lokale has been a key player for Sharks but will have to miss KPL action for a while to nurse a knee injury sustained in training

Kariobangi Sharks will miss the services of striker Sydney Lokale when they host Western Stima in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) opener on Friday.

The striker is nursing a knee injury sustained in training and will need a few days to recover. Coach William Muluya is disappointed with the absence of the forward who scored six goals last season, but believes other players will step up.

“This is the time I wish to have all my players available, it is a shame that Lokale will not be involved,” Muluya told Goal on Friday.

“He knows our system well and has been effective for us, however, it is an opportunity for others to step up as well and fill his void. It might be a blessing in disguise for us."

The youthful tactician has also expressed his concern ahead of the game against the Power Men.

“Babu Salim is a good coach, and I know his team is ready for us. It will be a good game which will involve many tactical approaches