Tusker feat to ben­e­fit Ulinzi

SPL ti­tle win opens GOtv Shield door to run­ner-up sol­diers

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

Ulinzi Stars are the big­gest ben­e­fi­cia­ries of Tusker’s Premier League vic­tory over the week­end.

By virtue of be­ing the los­ing fi­nal­ists in the FKF GOtv Shield, Ulinzi earned the right to take part in the sec­ond tier CAF Con­ti­nen­tal Cup by virtue of fin­ish­ing sec­ond to the brew­ers.

Double win­ning brew­ers, have al­ready se­cured the club li­cens­ing re­quire­ments al­low­ing them to par­tic­i­pate in CAF com­pe­ti­tions an d will rep­re­sent the coun­try in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League, leav­ing the door open for Stars to take part in the Con­ti­nen­tal Cup win­ners com­pe­ti­tion Ulinzi too have also ful­filled the CAF re­quire­ments.

Mean­while, the Kenyan Premier League has of­fi­cially sent con­grat­u­la­tion mes­sage to Tusker for win­ning the 2016 Premier League.

“On be­half of the man­age­ment and staff of the Kenyan Premier League and on my own be­half, I would like to con­grat­u­late your club for win­ning the 2016 Sport­Pesa Premier League,” KPL chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer said in the mes­sage to Tusker chair­man James Musyoki. “Tusker FC have in­deed showed that by work­ing hard, play­ing fair and show­ing dis­ci­pline in our highly com­pet­i­tive league, a team can reg­is­ter suc­cess.,” con­cluded Oguda.

By beat­ing Leop­ards 1-0 on Sunday cour­tesy of Shafik Batam­buze’s sec­ond half strike, Tusker ex­tended their num­ber of ti­tles won to 11, mak­ing them the third most suc­cess­ful foot­ball team in the coun­try af­ter the team they de­throned as cham­pi­ons Gor Mahia ( 15 ) and Leop­ards ( 12 ).

Mean­while, Ulinzi striker John Mak­wata is in line to win he ‘Golden Boot’ as his 13 goals stand head and shoul­ders above the only other player ca­pa­ble of catch­ing up Gor Mahia’s Jac­ques Tuyisenge, who has ten goals. Mak­wata’s clos­est chal­lengers for the ‘Golden Boot’ award that comes with Sh500,000 dur­ing the end of year SJAK/KPL awards Wy­cliffe Ochomo and Kepha Aswani both with twelve goals are in­ca­pable of leapfrog­ging him as they have both been sus­pended by their clubs.

/ENOS TECHE

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