You have to go back to March 12, 2013 to find the last time Western Stima beat Ulinzi Stars in the SportPesa Premier League.
When they face each other on Wednesday afternoon at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso will disregard every statistic, including the one that shows his team is unbeaten in the 2017 season.
He told Kpl.co.ke that he will only focus on getting the best out of his players, as he is interested in three points and not in creating attractive facts with numbers.
“I am not focusing on the unbeaten record. There are no underdogs in this match. Stima are well experienced and we will treat them with respect,” he said.
Nyangweso will miss left back Omar Mbongi and striker Kevin Amwayi who are away on military duty.
Baron Oketch, who featured for Stima last season, is likely to get another starting role in this match, together with Harambee Stars midfielder Samuel Onyango who has been prolific for the team this season.
Stima have won just one of their four games so far, and are languishing in the bottom third of the league table.
Stima coach Henry Omino has urged his players to show character and deliver good results in this match, although he acknowledged the encounter will be a difficult one.
“I think after we beat Gor Mahia, the players went into early celebration mode and forgot that we still have more than 30 league matches remaining. Consistency is key in any league and I want the players to wake up before it is too late,” he said.
Fredrick Shomonyo, who scored a brace in Stima’s 2-1 win over Gor Mahia last month, should feature in this match-up together with Ray Murugi and Hubert Kopany.
Omino is also likely to stick with his solid defense line composed of Wycliffe Nyangechi, Wesley Onguso, Jackson Saleh and Maurice Ojwang.