Overwhelmed Soldiers make tactical retreat

FKFPL Overwhelmed Soldiers make tactical retreat

Festus Chuma 14:00 - 30.04.2023

Ulinzi Stars are seated on position seventh on the table, 19 points adrift log leaders Gor Mahia.

Ulinzi Stars head coach Bernard Mwalala has ruled out the possibility of his side causing a surprise in the Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) as he prepares to take on AFC Leopards on Wednesday.

The Soldiers find themselves in the seventh position and 19 points behind log leader Gor Mahia.

While Mwalala knows that Ulinzi cannot mathematically be ruled out of the race for the FKFPL title just yet, he does not think his team will be able to contend for this season's top prize.

"We are already out of the race, and now we have shifted our focus on the FKF Cup as we need to be in continental football next season," he said.

Mwalala guided Ulinzi Stars to the semifinals of the FKF Cup on Saturday after they eliminated Sofapaka 5-4 in post-match penalties to make it to the semifinals.

The two top-flight league sides had played out to a 1-1 draw in regulation time, and they will now face Tusker in the next stage of the competition.

The Brewers dumped KCB out of the competition, beating them 2-0 in a one-sided match played at Police Sacco Stadium on Saturday.

"We are meeting Tusker in the semifinals, and we have to use the advantage in that for them, they are fighting for both titles, and they might concentrate more on winning the premiership," he concluded.

Gor Mahia is currently on the top of the league standings with 59 points from 27 matches, while Ulinzi is seventh with 40 points.

The maximum number of points that Ulinzi Stars can collect if they are to win the remaining eight games is 61 points.

Ulinzi is scheduled to face AFC Leopards in their next game on Wednesday at Nyayo National Stadium.