By Gilbert Wandera
Will former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Ulinzi Stars win their first away fixture on Monday?
This will be the big question when the soldiers take on struggling Rangers at Nyayo Stadium on Monday night.
Ulinzi has had one of their worst starts to the season and it includes not winning away so far, but as the first leg draws to a close. It is a record coach Sammy Simiyu will want to turn around.
It is a reputation Ulinzi Stars must bring to an end ahead of the more competitive second leg if they hope to finish in a respectable position. Ulinzi have struggled to emulate the form which saw them win the KPL title in 2010 and and former coach Benjamin Nyangweso was shown the door for poor performance.
But even with Nyangweso’s exit, the team is yet to get back to top form and has even struggled to win in their Nakuru backyard.
The soldiers will need to dig deep to win their two remaining fixtures of the first leg starting with Rangers.
To get that crucial win, Ulinzi will be hoping that left-footed striker Lawrence Owino is in top form as well as Wycliff Ochomo who has struggled to score despite costing the soldiers a lot of money when he moved to Nakuru from Gor Mahia at the beginning of the season.
Like Ulinzi Stars, Rangers badly needs to win today to finish the first leg in a respectable position.
At this time last season, Rangers were at the top of the KPL standings and it has been a major climb down for a team that was touted as title contenders less than one year ago. The club has lost key players who put them at the top last season and this coupled with financial problems has worked against the team.
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