Ulinzi face AFC

Soldiers con­front strug­gling Leop­ards in Pre­mier League en­counter

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

Few teams have in­flicted more mis­ery on AFC Leop­ards than Ulinzi Stars in re­cent years and to­day, the soldiers will hope to dish out more pain on a reel­ing Ingwe side that has lit­tle to show for another lack­lus­tre cam­paign. The match starts at 2pm at Afraha Sta­dium.

Leop­ards might be hop­ing to ap­point a new coach be­fore the year ends with as many as 20 coaches from all over the world hav­ing re­port­edly sent in their CVs but for their fans, the re­al­ity is that it will not make any dif­fer­ence this year as Ingwe are out of the run­ning in all com­pe­ti­tions and might still miss out on a top eight fin­ish.

That is un­less they end their run of five matches with­out vic­tory that has seen them lose to West­ern Sti- ma, Kakamega, Home­boyz and Ban­dari to stand just 12 points above the bot­tom two with five matches left to play.

Ulinzi on the other hand, still have an out­ward chance of win­ning the SportPesa Pre­mier League ti­tle with 11 points sep­a­rat­ing them from top spot.

The soldiers might also com­plete an un­likely dou­ble should they also win the GOtv Shield when they face league lead­ers Tusker in the fi­nal next week, hav­ing elim­i­nated Leop­ards in the quar­ter-fi­nals stage.

Former Ulinzi cap­tain Stephen Ochol­lah has urged the team to fight on in the re­main­ing games of the sea­son and en­sure a re­spectable fin­ish.

Ochol­lah, who has been away for the whole sea­son at­tend­ing to du­ties of his first call as a sol­dier, has tipped the boys to win the GOtv Shield and has told them to do it for ail­ing coach Robert Matano.

“If not for any­thing else, they should do it for the coach. He has done so much for us and we de­serve to award him with some­thing. The team is in the run­ning for a ti­tle this sea­son in the GOtv Shield and the play­ers should give their best for him,” Ochol­lah said on the club of­fi­cial web­site.

“In the re­main­ing games of the sea­son as well, they should win to see the team fin­ish well on the stand­ings and fin­ish the good job Matano started. He de­serves it.

I have been keenly fol­low­ing up on the progress of the team and I am im­pressed with how much the team has grown. From all this dis­tance, I still hold the team at heart,” the mid­fielder noted.

Vic­tory for Ulinzi to­day will push them to within eight points off the brew­ers while three points for Leop­ards will im­prove their hopes of fin­ish­ing at least in the top eight and end any math­e­mat­i­cal pos­si­bil­ity of

/ PIC-CEN­TRE

Ulinzi’s Stephen Waruru tries to get past Fran­cis Ka­hata of Gor in their pre­vi­ous Sportpesa Pre­mier League match.

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