Tusker seek redemption in local league
After exiting the CAF Confederation Cup at the gain of Tunisian outfit CS Sfaxien, Tusker FC return to the fold today with a midweek clash against Ulinzi Stars at ASK ground in Nakuru.
This should be the highlight of five matches which are held under the aegis of a caretaker committee that was set up by the government after it dissolved Football Kenya Federation three weeks ago.
Tusker will be hoping to appease their disenchanted fans but they certainly could not have asked for a tough catch-up match against Ulinzi who are pretty difficult to beat at their own backyard.
The yellow and black ensemble almost vanquished CS Sfaxien at the dreary hunting ground in North Africa and the importance of the players who were fielded by Coach Robert Matano cannot be overemphasised.
“We have put behind us the disappointment of the failure to make it to the group stages of Confederation Cup. Obviously, this is not the result we expected and we now shift focus in the league and try to defend our title to revisit Africa inter-clubs competition next year,” said Matano.
Placed 12th in the chart, Tusker are expected to draw great inspiration from creative Tanzanian midfielder Ibrahim Joshua, Jackson Macharia, Eugene Asike and Boniface Muchiri as the team seeks a win to haul themselves up in the standings.
But in Ulinzi, Tusker should expect a vengeful lot as the army side will be hoping to improve after a 1-0 defeat by Wazito last weekend.
In Kasarani, Kariobangi Sharks, exuberant after edging stubborn Nairobi City Stars 2-1, take the battle to Kenya Police in a potentially exciting fixture.
National team forward Sydney Lokale, Felix Oluoch and Patrick Otieno have literally been on fire for Sharks and these are some of the players the team shall be looking upon to tame Police.
Elsewhere at Dawson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi, Sofapaka will welcome Wazito, hoping to build on their 2-0 win over Police last week.
However, it would suffice to say it is Mathare United who face a baptism of fire when they lock horns with Kakamega Homeboyz at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.