Football Kenya Federation Premier League champions Tusker FC back to business

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021 00:00 |
Tusker FC’s goalkeeper Michael Wanjala during the team’s training session in Mombasa on Monday. Photo/TUSKER FC

Football Kenya Federation Premier League champions Tusker FC are in Mombasa for a one week residential camp as they prepare for a gruelling campaign ahead barely a fortnight after the 2020/21 season ended.

Tusker who will be keen to defend their title have only a week to get back in shape.

Under coach Robert Matano, the Brewers left Nairobi on Sunday days after announcing new signings and releasing 11 players that were part of the championship run. 

The 12-time champions will play their first match after a short break on September 11 when they face Djibouti side Artar Solar 7 FC in the Champions League qualifiers. 

“The week in Mombasa will be very vital for us because we have new players who need to gel and integrate with the team.

It will also be an opportunity for us to work on what we need to do to be ready for the first match of the Champions League,” said Matano. 

Before travelling to Mombasa, the team on Saturday played a friendly match against the national team, Harambee Stars.

Tusker started off with a team meeting on Monday before a light training session at the Mbaraki Complex in the afternoon.

The team stepped up with a morning session on Tuesday with the coach keen to build synergy in the team with a number of new players reporting in. 

Assistant Captain Humphrey Mieno said: “As players we really look forward to this one week to work together and build that team spirit ahead of the season.

We have very tough matches in the Champions League and the FKFPL and we need this kind of atmosphere to build up towards the new campaign.”

Tusker CEO Charles Obiny said that the choice of Mombasa was deliberate: “We chose Mombasa because it has ideal weather close to what we expect in Djibouti. Camping here will give us an easier time when we play in the first leg.”

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