The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Tusker Look Beyond Champions League Preliminaries

Kenyan Premier League champions Tusker FC are targeting the fourth round of the African Champions League when the continental competition go down early next year.

Club chairman, James Musyoki said they don't see themselves crushing out of the competition at the preliminary round as it was the case in their last two appearances (2008and 2010). Tusker have appeared in the lucrative league seven times with the second round being their biggest leap.

"We are very determined this time round," said Musyoki. "We want to go up to the fourth round of the Champions League."

Musyoki revealed that the club is currently in a process of bolstering the playing unit ahead of the challenging task of representing the country at the Champions league. He observed that their striking force is their weakest department and have already sent two scouts to the ongoing Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup to identify players who can impetus to their campaign.

He said by adding a few players to the already title-winning side, they will create depth in the squad to withstand the rigours of retaining the local title and fulfilling their continental ambitions.

He said their main target is three strikers, observing that the department has been their biggest undoing in the last season.

Musyoki also revealed that relationship between the players, the technical bench and the sponsor is of great significance to any team if they are to make any progress.

"We also mind of their (players) welfare. Be it in terms of bonuses or allowances but I want to assure you that money is not the biggest motivator, it's good relationship," said Musyoki. "We want to make our players happy."

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