The Star (Nairobi)

12 December 2012

Kenya/Seychelles: Gor, Tusker Face Seychelles Sides

Kenya Premier League champions Tusker and FKF Cup champions Gor Mahia have been drawn to play Seychelles sides in next year's CAF Champions League and Continental Cup respectively.

Tusker will face Seychelles side, Saint Michael United in the preliminary phase of the CAF Champions League and should they emerge victorious in the two-legged preliminary round tie, Robert Matano's side will go on to the first round, where they will face reigning African club champions Al Ahly who are currently taking part in the Club World Cup.

Meanwhile, Gor will face Anse Re-union in the preliminary round of the CAF Cup. Early this year, both Tusker and Gor represented Kenya in the same competitions, where they were eliminated in the first round. Tusker fell to APR 1-0 while Gor were ousted by Ferroviaro de Maputo of Mozambique.

The draw which was done in Cairo, Egypt on paper looks to have handed the Kenyan teams an easy path into the next round but Gor's assistant coach John 'Bobby' Ogolla was adamant that the draw was not to their advantage. He added that they will take every single team in the tournament very seriously.

"There are no easy matches in continental competition. Every team at this stage is obviously a champion on their own merit and we will take our opponents seriously," remarked Ogolla.

Gor won the tournament in 1987 when it was known as the Mandela Cup, to become the only team from the Cecafa region to be crowned continental champions. But with Kenyan teams having performed dismally in African competitions since then, Ogola revealed that it is the preparation teams make prior to the tournament that decides how a team ultimately performs.

"The preparations for this competitions must be up to scratch. As a club, we are going to ensure we are up to the task and give our players all the support they require to do well in the tourney," said Ogolla.

Kogallo relieved experienced players Kevin Ochieng and George 'Tompo' Midenyo among others from their squad but Bobby said they still have ample time to bring in replacements.

"When we make signings everybody will know and of course they will be players who can improve the squad to better our performance in the just concluded season," said coach Zdravko Logarusic assistant.

Kogallo will host the Seychelles side in the second week of February (14,15,16) before traveling to Seychelles for the second leg two weeks later.

The winners of the two-legged tie will venture into the first round, where Egyptian side ENPPI (Engineering for the Petroleum and Process Industries).

Tusker who have lost ten players including Joakisn Atudo, who is set to join Azam will play away in Seychelles on the same weekend before hosting St. Michael here in Nairobi. The overall winners of the CAF champions league pockets prize money of slightly below Sh128 million ($1.5million).

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