Ulinzi Stars tactician Benjamin Nyangweso is upbeat ahead of his side’s crunchy tie with former KPL champions AFC Leopards at the Afraha Stadium on Sunday.
The soldiers will be welcoming a rejuvenated Ingwe side that has kept two consecutive clean sheets against Wazito FC and Kisumu All Stars with a similar 2-0 margin respectively despite the financial crisis bedeviling the big cats.
With their main man upfront John Mark Makwata leading the Kenyan Premier League goal scoring charts, the Harambee Stars forward will arguably be seeking to haunt his former club with perhaps something in addition to his 13 goals.
However, speaking amid preparations for beckoning mouthwatering clash, Benjamin Nyangweso has expressed his confidence of wrestling the 1998 KPL winners even as both sides seek to grab the bragging rights on Sunday in Nakuru after a goalless stalemate in their first leg tie at Kenyatta Stadium in November 2019.
“We are progressing well in training, just a few knocks here and there but we are still assessing everyone ahead of the game on Sunday,” Nyangweso told the club’s website.
Ulinzi played out to one-all draw with Tusker at the Nairobi’s Ruaraka Stadium in their last match, hence will be looking for ways to bounce back to their winning ways against the Anthony Kimani’s trained charges.
On the other hand, the visitors will arguably be seeking to continue their fine display in the league.
Both teams are separated by four points with Ulinzi placed fight in the league standings having collected 35 points while Ingwe is just below the KDF troops on sixth position with 31 points.
A win for the Leopards will see them edge closer towards the top five spot.
Recalling the unfortunate drop of points at Ruaraka in their previous outing, Nyangweso has confirmed that indeed his men have an uphill task on Sunday against the second most successful club in Kenya’s football but he hopes for a positive reaction from Tusker’s slumber.
Ulinzi will be boosted by the return of their speedy winger Mark Bikokwa Barasa who has spent most of his time in the sidelines nursing a hamstring injury.
The former Nzoia United man could increase the pace for Ulinzi in their attacking formation.
“The last match ended somehow in disappointment but we have moved on; the focus is right and we hope for a positive game and result on Sunday. We know we will be facing tough opponents so we have to prepare well,” said Nyangweso.