For the first time in this years Cecafa Tusker Senior Challenge Cup, Harambee Stars had a horde of jubilant fans who turned up to cheer them on during their Group 'A' tie against Ethiopia at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Kampala, where they won 3-1
"It was a good initiative for East Africa breweries through their Tusker brand to send fans to cheer on the team. Their presence gave the players the confidence to perform well as they felt the support of their countrymen and women.
This should be emulated by all well wishers," said George Ocholla, one of the hundreds of fans who turned up for the match. Stars have had to endure hearing their opponents cheered on by their vociferous fans despite hundred of Kenyans living and working in Kampala.
No more than ten to twenty fans prior to the win over Ethiopia have been keenly following the Stars. Tusker ensured that Stars felt home away from home as they sponsored 120 fans to attend the crucial Group 'A' match.
The fans were picked after participating in Harambee Stars related 'question and answer' sessions during shows on November 27th in Kenya's leading radio station Radio Jambo
"It was a great experience to cheer our national team far from home, thanks to Tusker and Radio Jambo. We hope such gestures will continue so that Stars improve on their performances away from home," said Ocholla.
Apart from enjoying the all-expense paid trip to cheer on the Stars, the fans also received T-shirts, Vuvuzelas and a token from Tusker. The fans journey was flagged off by senior East African Breweries officials and Sports Homestretch senior producer Martin Njoroge Kiptoo.