The Brewers secured the continental lock after finishing June at the top of the leaderboard
Tusker head coach Robert Matano explained how matches against the top scorers in the Football Kenya Federation can prepare them for the Caf Champions League in the 2021/22 season.
The Brewers have earned the right to represent Kenya in the Champions League, after reaching the top of the Premier League series on 30 June.
The FKF decided to nominate Kenya’s Champions League representative before the league concludes to meet the Caf deadline, although it was later extended.
Tusker will play Gor Mahia on Thursday before joining KCB and AFC Leopards in the next match. Matano said it is such matches that will help the Premier League champions in 2016 to compete well at the continental games.
What was said
“If we want to play in the Champions League and do well, we have to test ourselves against teams that have been there before. [Gor Mahia match] will be a good game for us to see where we are and what we need to do more. ” Matano told the club’s website.
“These matches are all about mental strength and the physical condition of the players. We have to be in order with everything. We also have to be very organized as a team, because these are cruel matches and we have to handle the situation well.”
Matano also spoke about the readiness of his players, saying they would take advantage of Gor Mahia’s weaknesses in the middle of the week’s clash, as they wanted to consolidate their position at the top of the standings.
“I am happy because I have players who can handle these games and also dictate terms. We know what they are like; their strengths and weaknesses and we will prepare ourselves to win,” he concluded.
For his part, midfielder Hashim Sempala said they should focus away from the Champions League qualifiers and focus their attention on winning the league.
“It was just one of our targets this season and it came early. But that does not mean the work is finished. We still have a lot to do, we still have the trophy to fight for. It is now behind the back and the focus is now on the games that remain, ” said the Ugandan star.
“I’m very happy because of the work we did as a team. After losing twice in a row, we had to come back and work harder, because everyone knew we wanted to do something special and came out with good results. .
“It’s a great achievement for the team and has been our ambition since we started the league; to play in the Champions League. Through the dedication and effort of the players, we have achieved it and it is something special for us. “
Tusker earned a return ticket to the continental competition after Gor Mahia has been Kenya’s representatives for the past four seasons.