Football-Tusker FC here and ready for African CL preliminary


Speaking to, head coach Robert Matano said he is not taking anything for granted ahead of their weekend preliminary match. The coach said he already has an idea of their opponents’ mode of play, something that has helped him adequately prepare to face them.

"I have had a look at them in the past few days through videos and I can say they are a side that is strong on possession and so we have to modify our play in a manner that will help us deal with them well," he added.

Matano also declined to state his target for the Champions League campaign this year only insisting that at the moment his main aim is to get past the preliminary stage and then he can plan for the future.

“I don't want to talk about our target at this time. Our focus is to make it past the preliminary stage and then we can begin to plan for the up-coming fixtures. However, we are determined to do better than last year and reach further in the competition,” he said.

Tusker FC were edged out in the preliminary round of last year's tournament when they lost to APR of Rwanda 1-0. The first leg match ended in a barren draw but the Rwandese side won the return match by a solitary goal.

The Tusker Football Club are based in Nairobi, Kenya and are the third most successful club in Kenya with 10 Kenyan league championships and three Kenyan cup wins. In addition, they have won four East African Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) clubs Cup titles. The club are owned by East African Breweries and their name refers to Tusker, a well-known beer brand by the company. The club were known as Kenya Breweries until 1999, when the current name was adopted.

Tusker's travelling squad: Boniface Oluoch, Samuel Odhiambo, Luke Ochieng, David Ochieng, Joseph Shikokoti, Mark Odhiambo, Martin Kizza, Khalid Aucho, Peter Opiyo, Maurice Odipo, Edwin Ombasa, Moses Arita, Michael Olunga, Jesse Were, Andrew Sokoyombiya, Humphrey Okoti Dunga Ismael Salim and Robert Omunuk.

Officials: Robert Matano (head coach), Joseck Maina (asst. coach), Willis Waliaula (team manager), Wycliffe Makanga (team doctor), Jairus Okumu (physio), Charles Waititu (kit manager), Sunil Shah (goalkeeper trainer), Charles Obiny, Benedict Ochieng, Mildred Akinyi Awiti, and Peter Manyinsa Omwando.

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