Ulinzi make plans for next season
Ulinzi Stars are already looking ahead to next season after a disappointing campaign in 2012.
The soldiers have had an erratic year, with all their pre-season ambitions failing to bear any fruit. Having been dethroned of their Tusker Premier League title by Tusker FC in 2011, their main aim this year was to reclaim domestic honours.
But the season started slowly, resulting in the sacking of head coach Benjamin Nyangweso.
Added to that, they are not in the frame for the league title with three games to go, and it looks like they could finish only as high as fourth in the standings if they win all their games. Last year they also won the KPL Top 8, but were this season foiled by Gor Mahia in the final.
Senior administrator Captain Joe Birgen admits that the season has been disappointing on their part and says that they are looking for ways to improve next term.
“On our part, the season has not been what we planned. We obviously would have wished to be in a better position in the league and of course the loss in the Top 8 final was a tough one for us.”
“Our season has not been too bad, but we are better than the position we are in and we expect to do very well each season. Our objectives were to win trophies but now that we can’t, we will look to finish as well as we can.”
“Other than that, we will look at what happened this season and try improve on it so that we can start the new season well. We have to look forward now and see what we can do to improve for the new season,” he said.
Ulinzi, who are fifth in the standings, have three games left this season against Thika United, Karuturi Sport and KCB, and Birgen hopes that they can finish the campaign on a high note.
“We have three games left this season and we have to do well and finish well,” he said.
“In football, momentum carries into the new season and so it is important that we finish well, so that we can carry some good form and statistics into the new season. The players are training well and they are also looking forward to finishing the season on a high. It is important for us that it happens that way.”