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Champions League: Tusker host Mauritius’s AS Port-Louis

Tusker play AS Port-Louis of Mauritius at Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in Nairobi in their CAF Champions League preliminary round, first leg match on Saturday from 4pm.

The game will be officiated by Belay Tadesse Asserese, Tigle Gizaw Belachew and Wolday Haileraguel, all from Ethiopia.

Gate charges are Sh500 and Sh200 for VIP and terraces respectively.

The brewers have been in residential training for the last seven days, and their new coach Ugandan George Nsimbe believes that they are well prepared to brush aside the Indian Ocean island visitors.

Nsimbe’s confidence has been hovering at such high levels he had no problems stating his aim was to take the brewers to the lucrative group stages of the competition.

“I have very good players here. All of them know the roles they need to play, and we all know that this is a tricky matter because you have only two matches to prove yourself. We cannot afford any slip-ups.

“My plan is to ensure that we get a comfortable win here and then push for a draw in the return match. Importantly also, we must avoid conceding a goal at all costs,” Nsimbe said.

Nsimbe survived a scare when key players Humphrey Mieno, Allan Wanga and David Okello were almost locked out of this match because of problems with their passports. The issue was however sorted out late on Friday and the big-name players will lead the brewers in another familiar campaign in Africa.

However, dependable defender Eugene Asike, new signings, Samuel Olwande, Abdul Hassan and Moses Ndawula are ineligible to play in this match since they were not registered in time for the competition.

History favours the Kenyan club to go through from this round.

Kenya are also ranked 60 places above Mauritius in the Fifa world rankings.







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