With Ezakiel Okare the only notable proper signing this window, the soldiers might be in for a rough ride this season
Last Season’s Finish: 4th
Ulinzi Stars might have had a perfect 2018 season but the preparations that were geared towards the new campaign should have their countable fans worried.
In their preseason camp in Mombasa where the team took several teams in preparation for the new season, the team lost all the serious games against their ‘peers’; this compounded by their loss at the hands of AFC Leopards last week at the Kawangware’s Hope Center.
Cliff Kasuti has left for Sofapaka but coach Dunstan Nyaudo should be happy that he has kept most of his first team players that did duty last season. He will however hope that the shoddy outing in the preseason doesn’t affect the morale of his charges with Vihiga United first in their league roster.
In Okare, they are getting a proven striker who should be scoring at will. The striking position shouldn’t be a worry too with Nyaudo having in his ranks Masita Masuta who can chip in with the goals too. Should the goals dry up, the coach will be hoping that midfielder Elvis Nandwa continue in the same vein of form he exhibited last season.
The return of defender Paul Michuka Kasabuli, formerly with Muhoroni Youth and Tusker gives him the required stability at the back and this should be a season too for young keeper Timothy Odhiambo who has proved what he can do with the Kenya U23 team.
As usual the absence of new and regular players due to military duties will derail the progress of the team and the earlier they can get those billed too good for before the second leg of the campaign the better for this side who, just like Bandari FC and Sofapaka has some pressure in replicating their fourth position in the 2018 season.