Tusker fired up

Pres­sure build­ing up as Nkata re­mains con­fi­dent of de­liv­er­ing league crown

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports Local - FRAN­CIS WADEGU @fwadegu198

The pres­sure at the top of the ta­ble is start­ing to crank up as Tusker and Gor Mahia seek the psy­cho­log­i­cal ad­van­tage to win the race for the 2016 SportPesa Pre­mier league ti­tle.

Tusker coach Paul Nkata has made the bold dec­la­ra­tion that he will guide his team to the ti­tle and achieve an en­vi­able dou­ble this sea­son.

Nkata said ev­ery­thing is work­ing out well for the brew­ers, who head the league ta­ble go­ing into the fi­nal three rounds of matches, and he was look­ing for­ward to win­ning his first Kenyan league ti­tle.

This is de­spite Tusker stum­bling over the week­end with an un­ex­pected 1-1 draw with rel­e­ga­tion bat­tling City Stars while their clos­est ri­vals Gor Mahia beat­ing AFC Leop­ards 2-0 to move to within four points of the league lead­ers.

The Ugan­dan has al­ready tasted suc­cess this sea­son af­ter he led Tusker to the 2016 GOtv Shield ti­tle fol­low­ing a 1-0 vic­tory over Ulinzi Stars in the fi­nal last Thurs­day.

In fact, this was Tusker’s first do­mes­tic Cup suc­cess since 1993 when they last won the com­pe­ti­tion, then known as Moi Golden Cup.

“This is our year. We are done with the GOtv Shield. We are now in a good po­si­tion to win the league ti­tle and that is where all my fo­cus now lies,” Nkata said as the brew­ers look to re­cap­ture the Kenyan cham­pi­onship they last won in 2012,” said Nkata on the KPL of­fi­cial por­tal

“I am not say­ing that it will be easy. It will be dif­fi­cult and I ex­pect a lot of re­sis­tance and es­pe­cially from Gor Mahia. I am, how­ever, very con­fi­dent that we shall win a sec­ond tro­phy at the end of the sea­son.

“This is not just my ambition; it is also the ambition of my play­ers. They are all very de­ter­mined to win that sil­ver­ware and I have told them that they can do it only if they re­main fo­cused,” added the Ugan­dan tac­ti­cian

Nkata pointed out fur­ther that every­one in the Tusker es­tab­lish­ment is mak­ing ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure the team is com­fort­able and mo­ti­vated and there is no rea­son why the brew­ers shouldn’t win the league ti­tle.

The brew­ers face three tough last out­ings in their quest for the 2016 di­a­dem, away to Sony Su­gar, at home to AFC Leop­ards be­fore po­ten­tially, a ti­tle de­cid­ing grand fi­nale clash against hosts Gor Mahia.

They will be head­ing to Awendo to­day for the crunch clash with a vastly im­proved Sony side, who are ex­pected to en­joy massive sup­port from the ad­di­tional fans who will be push­ing them on to dent the brew­ers ti­tle hopes.

/ PIC-CEN­TRE

John Mak­wata of Ulinzi Stars shields the ball against Tusker’s Humphrey Mieno dur­ing their GOtv Shield Cup fi­nal at Nyayo Sta­dium Nairobi on Oc­to­ber 20.

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