Matano shifts focus to Champions League
Coach Matano watches proceedings from the bench
Tusker FC Coach Robert Matano will now put his sole focus on their CAF Champions League date in two weeks time, as they seek to erase the memories of 2012 when the team failed to go past the first round. Tusker will start their campaign away to St. Michel in Seychelles.
“I am not setting in targets of how far I want to go but my focus is taking each match at a time starting with the first one on the 14th. That’s my simple strategy,” Coach Matano notes.
He says that the major problem hindering Kenyan teams from good performance on the continental stage is poor preparations. However, he says Tusker have tried their best in preparations especially having participated in the Mapinduzi Cup at the beginning of the year.
“Our teams usually have shoddy preparations for the continental games probably due to minimal financial muscle. With us, I believe we have prepared well. Probably not the best of preparations but we are good enough,” Matano adds.
Kenya's neighbors Tanzania’s representatives have had superb preparations for their Continental assignments. Their Champions League representatives Simba SC camped for two weeks in Oman while Azam participated in a tournament in DR Congo, the Mapinduzi Cup as well as a one-week training camp in Kenya.
Last year, Tusker bowed out of the Champions League in the first vstage after losing out 1-0 on aggregate to Rwanda’s APR. The previous year, Ulinzi Stars bowed out at the same stage losing out to Egyptian giants Zamalek.