The Star (Nairobi)

19 February 2013

Kenya: High Targets Set for Tusker

There will be no room for complacency for Kenya Premier League champions Tusker as they look to confirm their place in the last 32 of the CAF Champions league.

Club chairman James Musyoki believes his club is focused to break the jinx that has seen Kenyan clubs being eliminated in the first round of the continental contest over the years.

Predicting that the brewers will win the return leg back at home after drubbing St. Michel 4-1 in Seychelles, Musyoki said his club will prepare adequately for the second round tie against defending Champions Al Ahly of Egypt.

He said he believe they will soar to the group stage of the African Champions League Cup following the emphatic win in Seychelles over the weekend. The feat has given them an edge over their opponents whom they will clash with in a return leg on March 2 in Nairobi.

"Al Ahly are beatable. Being the defending champions does not mean we can't sail over them. We have an experienced side that can face any team in this continent. We need just to prepare adequately and prove them wrong," he observed.

Musyoki heaped praise at the club head coach Robert Matano for taking the team to another level since he took over few months ago. He lauded the team for the victory, saying they have made Kenya proud with their dazzling display.

"Winning away is a big plus not only for the club but the entire country. They have made us proud and we shall definitely reward them at a later date. Our aim is to break from that tradition of Kenya clubs bowing out in the first round and go far in the tournament, especially into the group stages," stated

Musyoki, whose reign as club chairman has seen the club win two back-to-back league titles.The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title holders arrived back into the country on Sunday evening and straightaway embarked on training yesterday with eyes focused on their title defence bid as KPL kicks off this weekend.

The brewers came from a goal down to beat St. Michel 4-1 in a CAF Champions League preliminary match that was staged at Stade Linite in Victoria on Saturday. A brace from David Ochieng and a goal each from substitutes Michael Olunga and Andrew Sekayombya was enough to give the brewers a huge away win.

"It was not an easy game for us. It was a tough encounter and we know our job is not finished until after the next match. We can't afford to relax," said defender Humphrey Okoti.

The brewers are also been scheduled to play Gor Mahia in a DSTV Super Cup clash on Saturday with the other teams in the league kicking off their season the next day.

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