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City Stars chase first victory of the season

Struggling Nairobi City Stars will be seeking their first win of the season when they lock horns with Bandari at the City Stadium in Nairobi Wednesday in one of the three mid-week Kenyan Premier League matches.

At the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, basement side Nakuru All Stars will also be out to post their maiden win this term when they host an out-of-form Muhoroni Youth.

Stars, under the tutelage of Ugandan coach Paul Nkata, have lost all their league fixtures and Nkata coach has termed the clash with Bandari “tough”, urging his charges to play as a unit to get their first three points.

RECTIFY MISTAKES

“Our preparations have been good but we have fallen short of scoring. We have all made a lot of mistakes in defence which we must rectify,” he said.

“It’s going to be a very tough match against Bandari.They want a win and we also want points.”

On Sunday, Nkata’s boys went down 1-2 to giants Tusker even after putting up a strong performance in the second half when the game was already lost.

Joseph Sakwa came off the bench to trim the deficit in the 69th minute, but it was too little too late.

For his impressive performances, the attack-minded midfielder could nail down a starting place against Bandari.

Nkata who took over the promoted side from Nigerian Robinson Ofwoku, blamed their slow start to life in top-tier competition on inexperience.

INEXPERIENCE

“Most of my players are not used to the top-flight league. They are used to the second division. They had anticipated playing there (second tier) and the club did not buy enough players and I’m trying so much to mould them. It will be very tough but we won’t despair. I want them to play as a unit,” he said.

Stars have twice lost to Tusker and AFC Leopards and a date with Bandari is expected to be explosive, going by the of form of Bandari who have lost once in four matches, picking seven points in the process to climb to third on the table.

In Nakuru, All Stars has a date with an out-of-form Muhoroni Youth. Both sides are winless after a sluggish start this term.

The two teams have not met and today’s encounter offers them a platform to bench-mark themselves.