Otieno reveals how Ulinzi Stars frustrated Kenya Police

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FKFPL Otieno reveals how Ulinzi Stars frustrated Kenya Police

Mark Kinyanjui 06:49 - 27.05.2023

The soldiers were on the back foot against the law enforcers for over 60 minutes but a Stephen Etyang free-kick saw them share the spoils

Ulinzi Stars assistant coach Vincent Otieno has revealed how and why Ulinzi Stars denied Kenya Police all three points following their 1-1 draw at Nyayo Stadium on Friday.

Ulinzi were dominated for large parts of the opening 60 minutes, but Police failed to take their chances and were ruthlessly punished by a Steven Etyang equaliser in the 63rd minute. From then on, the soldiers were in full control and unlucky not to add more to give them all three points.

“The game was tough and very tactical but Police had the upper hand in the first half. We tried to contain them in the first half but in the second half, we took advantage and had the upper hand. We made them pay for failing to take their chances,” Otieno, who was standing in for the ill Bernard Mwalala said.

“Kenya Police were poor without the ball. When they had the ball, they were superb, but without the ball, they were questionable at best and ball watching. I brought in players that could work hard without the ball and exploit them on the transition."

Otieno believes the draw is a point gained considering the predicament that the soldiers found themselves in having failed to win any of their last three matches prior to the Afande derby.

“This is a point gained considering the way we played against Bidco and how we were bundled out of the FKF Cup semi-final. In the next game against Gor Mahia, we have to win in order to end our run of three games without a win," he added.