City Stars- Tusker Preview: Brewers aiming for back to back league titles
Kawangware-based City Stars posing threat to Robert Matano's charges as they seek to win and retain the premiership title they won in 2011
By Zakary Oteno
Amboko (capt), Ashango, Ochieng, Ongwae
Onyango, Tumusiime, Thairu
Basweti, Okullu, Aluvisia
Atudo, Ochieng, L. Ochieng, Shikokoti (cap)
Odipo, Opiyo, Wendo
Mukaisi, Ndege, Patrick Kagogo
Tusker FC head coach Robert Matano is expected to keep faith in the squad that beat Western Stima 2-0 when they take on Nairobi City Stars at the Hope Centre on Saturday.
The defending champions are in a must win situation and will be hoping that Thika United do them a favor by beating leaders Gor Mahia.
Obadiah Ndege who put the power men to the sword with a brace, is expected to lead the hunt for goals for the brewers’ partnering either Dennis Mukaisi or Nigerian import Joseph Emeka.
Tusker have been solid in defense with the presence of lanky skipper Joseph Shikokoti and Joackins Atudo. The duo are expected to play a crucial role in cutting aerial threats as well as be handy in set pieces. Luke Ochieng and David Ochieng will play a starting role at the back.
Matano is optimistic that though they trail leaders Gor with a point, they can turn the tables and emerge as champions.
“Football is played on the pitch and that is where I will do my talking. Gor are in action because they are not yet champions and this means the trophy can go either way.”
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Tusker are the defending champions and have won the league nine times.
City Stars keeper Ronny Kagunzi joined the Kawangware-based side from Gor Mahia.
Tusker striker Joseph Emeka was joint golden boot winner in 2009 (together with John Baraza).
- That since coach Robert Matano took over as replacement for sacked Sammy "Pamzo" Omollo, Tusker have lost one league match (1-0 against Gor Mahia at City Stadium).
- Peter Opiyo has turned out for three different clubs in the last three seasons (Gor, Thika, Tusker).
- That coach Robert Matano is chasing two premiership titles with two different teams having won it with Sofapaka in 2009.
Top 3 Predictions
Nairobi City Stars 0-3 Tusker
- 50 %
Nairobi City Stars 1-1 Tusker
- 25 %
Nairobi City Stars 0-5 Tusker
- 25 %
|Kenya - Premier League (KEN1)||Sep 27, 2013||Tusker 2 - Nairobi City Stars 3|
|Kenya - Premier League (KEN1)||May 1, 2013||Nairobi City Stars 0 - Tusker 1|
|Kenya - Premier League (KEN1)||Nov 10, 2012||Nairobi City Stars 0 - Tusker 3|
|Kenya - Premier League (KEN1)||Feb 11, 2012||Tusker 2 - Nairobi City Stars 1|
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|Apr 12, 2014||AFC Leopards 1 - Nairobi City Stars 1||KEN1|
|Apr 9, 2014||Nairobi City Stars 0 - Chemelil Sugar 0||KEN1|
|Mar 29, 2014||Sofapaka FC 1 - Nairobi City Stars 2||KEN1|
|Mar 23, 2014||Nairobi City Stars 1 - Sony Sugar 1||KEN1|
|Mar 16, 2014||Muhoroni Youth 1 - Nairobi City Stars 0||KEN1|