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The 'Special One' says the team has had enough of build up matches as they prepare to take on St.Michel of Seychelles in the preliminary round

Tusker coach Robert Matano says the team has had enough of build up matches as they prepare to take on St.Michel of Seychelles in the preliminary round match of the Champions League on February 16.

The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions beat fellow league side AFC Leopards 2-1 on Sunday at Nyayo Stadium in a high profile match.

"That was our last build-up match and now we need to concentrate on the up-coming champions league fixture because of the limited time remaining. It was a good match for us because it felt like being away considering that Leopards are not a push-over and they have many fans behind them," Matano told Goal.com.

Matano further said the match helped him see weaknesses in his side and will embark working on them before they begin their champions league campaign.

"When you play a team like Leopards you do not consider it as a friendly. It gives you the right competition that you need and your players are forced to show what they are capable of. For us, it has helped us identify weaknesses and areas requiring improvement."

Matano is also impressed with his new signings ahead of the season opener pointing out that they have already proved themselves. Tusker recruited a record 13 players after getting rid of a similar number last season as they get set to defend the league title.


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