Ulinzi Stars throw in the towel in KPL title race-turns attention to FKF Shield

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The win left Ulinzi in pursuit for a high finish in the league as well as the chance to book a continental showpiece

Ulinzi Stars coach Dunstan Nyaudo has given up on the race for the Kenyan Premier League title.

Instead, Nyaudo seems to have turned his priorities in booking a continental showpiece by lifting the FKF Shield.

Ulinzi beat Vihiga United 2-1 on Sunday to sail to the quarter-final where they will take on Riverplate.

The tactician acknowledged that it Is not easy keeping pace with league runner away leaders Gor Mahia and instead preferring to shift his focus in the Cup competition.

“We know the Shield is the most realistic chance for us winning silverware because Gor Mahia are moving away and to get them will really be tough,” said Nyaudo after knocking out Vihiga to book a quarter-final berth.

The weekend victory was a second successive win for the Soldiers over Vihiga United in a span of eight days having beaten them 2-1 in a league match a week ago.

Ulinzi came from behind to see off the hosts in the round match played at the Mumias Sports Complex, the very venue where they masterminded a 2-0 victory over the same opponents.

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 “We knew it was not going to be easy and we had to plan so well for it, tactically. We waited until the moment that we wanted; we knew they were going to come to us and we were ready to exploit the spaces they left.

“That is how we were able to score the two goals and I had a feeling with numerous crosses we would get the goals,” the coach noted.

The win left Ulinzi in pursuit for a high finish in the league as well as the chance to book a continental showpiece by winning the Shield. 

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