27 February 2013

Kenya: Back to Kasarani

Tusker's CAF Champions League return leg fixture against Seychelles side, St. Michel United has again been shifted to Kasarani on orders from the African football governing body, CAF.

The Kenya Premier League champions, according to club official Charles Obiny had planned to have their second leg encounter against St. Michel at the Mumias Sports complex in Western Kenya but after complaints from their opponents, it was decided that the match be played in Nairobi.

"We had planned to have the match in western because of the heightened activities in the city regarding the elections but our opponents from Seychelles complained to CAF and we were ordered to have the match back in Nairobi," explained Obiny.

The Tusker team director further disclosed that they received a letter from the CAF headquarters ordering them to stage the game in Nairobi . The letter said Seychelles side had already made their travel arrangements which had included further travel outside Nairobi.

"Our opponents have already made their plans to travel to Nairobi and arrive tomorrow at 4pm and leave on Sunday. That is why we had to source for an alternative venue and we are happy that we have managed to secure Kasarani," remarked Obiny.

In the first leg, Tusker came from behind to win their first leg encounter in Seychelles 4-1. Ugandan Robert Omunuk and compatriot Andrew Ssakayombwa scored one each with a brace from Harambee Stars utility defender David 'Cheche' Ochieng.

The brewers have intensified their training at their Ruaraka base under coach Robert Matano as they look to confirm their ticket to the first round of the lucrative continental club competition. The two-time defending KPL champions preparations for the clash were dampened a by a penalty shoot-out loss to Gor Mahia in the Super Cup on Saturday but Obiny was confident that will not deter them from knocking out their Seychellois opponents.

"We know we have to finish the job here despite taking a commanding lead and the team is confident that we will secure a place in the next round at the expense of St Michel," he said.

The brewers were boosted by the return to fitness of striker Andrew Tololwa who did not travel for the first leg due to a slight injury but had recovered well enough to future in the team's Super Cup defeat on Saturday. The match will now kick off at 4pm.

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