- Ulinzi Stars were eliminated from the 2017 CAF Confederation Cup despite beating Smouha SC 3-0 on Saturday 18th.
- The soldiers were one goal short of forcing the game to extra time having lost 4-0 to the Egyptian club on Friday 10th March.
- Ulinzi will now shift their attention to winning the KPL title they last won in 2010.
Four-time Kenyan Premier League champions Ulinzi Stars have vowed to channel their exit from the CAF Confederation Cup first round as a motivation to challenge for the 2017 Kenyan Premier League (KPL).
The military side showed great fighting spirit as they were bundled out of the CAF Confederation Cup first round 4-3 on aggregate against Smouha SC on Saturday 18th March.
Benjamin Nyangweso side fell just one goal short of forcing the game into being decided on extra time after scoring thrice on the returning leg at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos in a match that was dimmed over from the first leg last week in Alexandria.
Nyangweso is urging the 2010 Kenyan champions to now focus on winning the league title for the first time in seven years.
Of concern to Nyangweso and the coaching staff is the lack of goals from the club’s forwards with Baron Oketch, Enoch Ochieng and Oscar Wamalwa yet to fill the huge void left by departed John Makwatta.
Despite that, midfielder Samuel Onyango’s put in a man-of-the-match display scoring a first-half double as the Soldiers looked to overturn the first leg deficit.
“It is unfortunate to leave the competition in the first round. We exited, however, with our heads high. He is the kind of performance we want to carry into our KPL matches. Yes there is a concern for the lack of goals from our strikers, I remain upbeat they will come,” said the coach.
Nyangweso added Saturday’s performance was a sign the club is now ready to move on without John Mark Makwatta, their top scorer for the last two years following his switch to Slovakia’s FC Nitra.
“If one player moves out obviously another one will come and now Samuel has started scoring goals after Makwata moved and I hope Samuel will fill his shoes well,” he stated.
Ulinzi plays newcomers Kariobangi Sharks in their KPL opener having missed two ties against AFC Leopards and Western Stima due to commitments at the CAF.
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