13-time FKF Premier League champions Tusker FC begin preseason
Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League champions Tusker FC have officially begun their preseason ahead of the upcoming season that begins next month.
Tusker successfully defended their league title last month in a catastrophic season that saw some teams fail to honour their matches.
As it stands, the brewers will not be allowed to take part in the CAF Champions League preliminary matches for the country remains suspended by the World football governing body FIFA.
On Tuesday, the club conducted medicals to all members of the playing unit and technical staff as they gear up for yet another gruesome season.
On Wednesday, the Ruaraka based side conducted light training in the gym and a happy looking coach Robert Matano oversaw the proceedings.
After guiding Tusker FC to winning their 13th league title, the experienced Matano ‘resigned’ in front of the media but rescinded the decision a day later claiming that he wanted ‘key issues’ addressed by the Tusker management.
“I didn't say I had resigned. I was simply raising a concern and I believe the person I was referring to got the message and will act upon it. But I'm still in charge at Tusker and I don't have any plans to leave the team,” Matano said.
“There is someone who doesn't want me on the team. But I'm happy I finally proved him wrong by winning the title. I understand my coaching role very well and it's not by sheer luck that I've won titles. I've mastered my job very well,” Matano told the Star.
“Unfortunately, there are people who don't trust me. I shouldn't be crucified when the team is down. Football is full of dynamics and there are days the team won't be performing well. But at the end of the day it's a marathon and what's important is the final outcome.
However, this seems to be a thing of the past as the FKF Premier League champions got down to business at Ruaraka.
Tusker FC have until the end of the month to know their fate after CAF extended the deadline for team submission for the Champions League and the Confederation Cup.
Tusker FC will be hoping to better last season’s performance in Africa’s premier club competition after they were eliminated in the preliminary stages. The brewers went on to take part in the CAF Confederation Cup where they lost 1-0 on aggregate to Tunisian side CS Sfaxien.