Shimanyula hits out at Tusker for losing league title to Gor Mahia despite his ‘help’
Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula has hit out at Tusker for losing the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League title to Gor Mahia even after his team ‘helped’ them achieve their mission.
The vocal football administrator has now promised the brewers a heavy beating in the Mozzart Bet Cup finals on July 1, 2023.
The winning team in that match will secure a ticket to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup, a continental tournament consisting teams from Africa which won their respective domestic cup.
Gor, the most successful East African team will fly Kenya’s flag in the lucrative Caf Champions League. This is a tournament consisting football clubs that won their respective league titles.
Shimanyula admits he was vouching for the brewers to pip Gor Mahia to the FKF-PL title with the hope of qualifying for the CAF Confederation Cup even if his team loses in the Mozzart Bet Cup final.
If Tusker would have won the league title, then Homeboyz would have automatically taken the Caf Confederation Cup slot by finishing second in Mozzart Cup.
That did not happen and now, an angry Shimanyula now says he is disappointed Tusker did not take full advantage after his team beat Gor Mahia, only for the Brewers to conspire and drop points against Posta Rangers in a 1-1 draw on the same day.
“What other help did they need? We beat Gor Mahia hoping that they could capitalise on that and win against Posta Rangers so that they could head to the last match on top. We fought for them on the pitch to win the league but they blew the chance. Now we will sort them out our way in the finals,” said Shimanyula in an interview with Nairobi News.
He added that nothing will prevent his side from unleashing a football terror on the brewers in the final.
He asserted that since his giant-killing team had already beaten both AFC Leopards and Gor Mahia in the just concluded league season, Tusker is in line on the chopping board
“We fought hard to beat Gor with an eye that if Tusker won the league we would be in Caf automatically. Now they are our opponents. We will beat them and get the Caf ticket our way. I said we will beat Gor and AFC and it happened. Tusker have nowhere to hide and Homeboyz will play in Caf next season,” added a tough talking Shimanyula.
In his post-match address, a dejected Tusker coach Robert Matano said his focus is on winning the Mozzart Bet Cup this weekend setting stage for a mouth-watering clash between the two teams
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