Ulinzi Stars has recalled former midfielder Stephen Ochola from his duty as a peacekeeping mission back into the team ahead of Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) to beef up the squad.
Evans Amuoka, who also missed out on better part of 2016 playing time, has also been given an upper hand.
The two players will be on front line to ensure that the Kenyan side goes past group stages
Amuoka’s pace in attack could add to the soldiers’ impressive goal count as hit man John Makwata lead the lines. The soldiers have also recruited Baron Oketch from Gor Mahia ostensibly to inject pace upfront as their clash with North African side.
Fate handed Ulinzi Stars a shot at CAF’s second most lucrative club competition when FKF Shield winners Tusker completed a domestic double by clinching the league title and opted for the CAF Champions League.
Ulinzi want to make the most out of the chance. In a bid to avoid the 5-1 continental humiliation suffered at the hands of Egyptian powerhouse Zamalek six years ago, Ulinzi Stars have made strategic additions to their squad. First up against the Kenyan military outfit will be Al Hilal Benghazi of Libya.
The soldiers last appearance in the continental stage ended in humiliation as Zamalek ran riot, ending the aggregate tie with a 5-1 score line. Re-installed head coach Benjamin Nyangweso however, believes times have changed and his side have an equal fighting chance.
“It is difficult playing more established side in continental football but it can be done we’ll do it. We have the right players for the games and we’ll ensure we use all we have to progress.” said Nyangweso when asked about his team’s chances of progressing past the preliminary round.