Kenya/Djibouti: Tusker Head to Djibouti As CAF Champs League Return Looms

Tusker FC players celebrate after they were crowned FKF- PL Champions 20/21 on August 22, 2021 at the Utalii Sports grounds. Photo | Jeff Angote | Nation

Kenyan champions Tusker depart for Djibouti Wednesday forward of the primary leg of their Caf Champions League preliminary tie in opposition to Arta Solar on Saturday at Stade du Ville.

A contingent of 29 together with gamers and members of the technical bench head to Djibouti at 5am Wednesday morning aboard an Ethiopian Airline to Addis Ababa, earlier than connecting through the identical airline to the tiny nation in an gathered four-hour flight journey.

The moneyed Djibouti aspect is dwelling to former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, who joined the membership on November 20 final yr.

The brewers will host the second leg of the tie on September 18 with the winner qualifying for the primary spherical to to tackle Egyptian giants Zamalek subsequent month.

After rising home champions in 2016, Tusker participated within the Caf Champions League the next yr, however had been eradicated within the preliminary stage by Port-Louis of Mauritius 3-2 on mixture.

Tusker have had a one-week intensive coaching in Mombasa to acclamatise with the new climate which is the much like the one in Djibouti.

Fresh from enjoying for Harambee Stars of their 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers in opposition to Rwanda and Uganda, Tusker captain Eugene Asike instructed Nation Sport is relishing the prospect to satisfy Song and getting a win over the Djibouti champions.

“Song is one of the most talented players and he made a name at Arsenal and Barcelona. It is an honour to play against him. However, much focus is not on him, but how we shall collectively fight to get a win and if not, a fair result which will make our job easier back at home,” stated Asike after Tusker’s coaching session at Ruaraka grounds.

“We have talented players in our squad and we are determined to get an away goal,” he added. Tusker has parted methods with 12 gamers, the newest being their main purpose scorer within the final marketing campaign, Henry Meja.

The 19-year-old ahead joined Swedish prime flight membership AIK on a five-year contract final Friday.

The brewers have been reinforcing their squad for the continental project and the brand new Football Kenya Federation Premier League season.

They have roped in former Gor Mahia centre-back Charles Momanyi, Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi from St Georges of Ethiopia and Tanzanian duo of Kalos Kirenge and Joshua Ibrahim.

Former Leopards midfielder Cylide Senaji and Ulinzi Stars ahead John Njuguna have additionally moved to Ruaraka.

Among the gamers who’ve been proven the door are forwards Luke Namanda and 2018 Most Valuable Player Award Winner Mike Madoya. Attacking duo of Chris Ochieng’ and Chrispinus Onyango, Ugandan defender Rodgers Aloro, Brian Marita, Faraj Ominde, custodian Robert Mboya, Sammy Meja, and Eric Ambunya.

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