10 November 2012

Kenya: Tusker to Bank On Experience As They Seek to Retain Title

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Kenya: Tusker FC retained their domestic league crown 2012.

Defending Kenya Premier League champions Tusker will count on their recent experiences in winning league titles to retain their crown.

The brewers are seeking to beat Nairobi City Stars and dislodge Gor Mahia from their perch in today's final weekend of the Kenya Premier League season.

The brewers, who have won the league title three times in the last eight years (2004, 07, 2011), brought in Robert Matano to restore their quest to become the first team to defend their crown in the KPL era and the wily championship winning former coach of the year has brought them to within one victory of that, though they will still need Gor to falter.

"We have more experience of being involved in title fights in the recent past and I think that will work to our advantage," opined Matano. The brewers came into the last three matches two points clear but the defeat to the current league leaders pegged them back. Today, they make the short trip to Kawangare to face City Stars a side notorious of causing them much discomfort.

Tusker though have had a stranglehold over the Kawagware outfit in the last two years, winning three matches on the bounce including the opening day 2-1 victory.

"To be champions, you have to end bad runs and beat big and small teams alike. We have done that already and I foresee another win for us today," said Matano ahead of the match against his former sides.

Tusker enjoy a superiors goal difference over their two rivals for the title--Gor and AFC Leopards-- and should any of them slip up and matters come to goals aggregate, then the brewers will retain their title.

They will, however, still be praying that the 1-0 loss to Gor two weeks ago courtesy of a howler from goalkeeper Boniface Oluoch does not come back to haunt them.

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