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Tusker coach Robert Matano trains guns on Gor Mahia

By Mercy Simiyu January 19th, 2024 2 min read

Ahead of the all-stakes clash against Gor Mahia, Tusker FC Head Coach Robert Matano has expressed confidence in the squad, emphasising the positive impact of recent additions to the team.

Following a slow start to the league campaign amid questions over Matano’s future at the club, the brewers have moved to third on the table standings with 31 points from 18 outings, nine points behind table leaders Gor Mahia.

Matano, while speaking to the media, has expressed confidence the new signings brought in during the Janaury 2024 transfer window will come good.

“We are in a much better position now after a challenging start to the season,” he said.

“My players, including the new additions like Joseph Mwangi, James Kibande, Fabian Adikinyi, and John Byamukama have been crucial to our turnaround. The team’s performances have improved, and they have played a significant role in our recent performances. While there is still work to be done, I have full faith in my squad and the positive atmosphere around. As we head into the second half of the season, my hopes are high,” explained Matano, a veteran coach in the Kenyan league with three league titles to his name.

Tusker, the 12-time FKF Premier League champions have been on a good run, securing 6 victories in 8 matches, including a 5-0 drubbing over bankers KCB on January 7, 2023, marked by star striker Erick Kapaito’s memorable hat-trick.

The impressive momentum continued over the past weekend, with the Ruaraka based brewers reaffirming their dominance over Sofapaka FC with a commanding 3-1 victory at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Fabian Adikinyi, Eric Kapaito, and David Odoyo scored in the 59th, 60th, and 72nd minute respectively, securing the decisive win. Sofapaka’s consolation goal came from Keagan Ndemi.

Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) Managing Director, Mark Ocitti, has meanwhile called on Tusker FC players to engage the gear when they play league leaders Gor Mahia this Saturday at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

He said: “We are delighted with the team’s recent performances. The eight-match unbeaten streak reflects the players’ resilience and commitment to turn around the season. Despite a challenging start to the season, we are now in a better position, currently holding the third spot in the standings and with a a lot to play for ahead, we believe the team has a genuine chance of clinching our 13th league title.”

“As the team’s sponsors, we are fully committed to supporting them in their quest to remain at the top of Kenyan football. We remain hopeful that this team will emerge victorious this season and in the future. We extend our best wishes for the upcoming crucial clash against Gor. We have full confidence in our team to deliver positive results. We call on all fans to show their support by turning up in large numbers in Machakos,” Mr. Ocitti added.

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