Time to ju­bi­late

Tusker re­warded with Uganda trip af­ter win­ning league ti­tle

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

New SportPesa Premier League cham­pi­ons, Tusker will this week travel to Kam­pala for a cel­e­bra­tory tour, cul­mi­nat­ing in a friendly match against Ugan­dan cham­pi­ons Kam­pala City Coun­cil Author­ity.

The brewers are sched­uled to de­part Nairobi on Wed­nes­day for Kam­pala, where they will face Ugan­dan giants KCCA on Sat­ur­day at the Philip Omondi Sta­dium in Lu­gogo.

Tusker were crowned Kenyan cham­pi­ons on Sat­ur­day at Nyayo Sta­dium in Nairobi and signed off their splen­did sea­son in style, beat­ing old en­e­mies and de­posed cham­pi­ons Gor Mahia by a soli­tary goal.

Tusker coach Paul Nkata, a native of Uganda, said even though the cel­e­brat­ing brewers will be en­joy­ing them­selves on tour, they will treat the friendly se­ri­ously as they use it to gauge them­selves against for­eign op­po­si­tion ahead of next year’s CAF Cham­pi­ons League. Tusker won the 2016 Kenyan flight league with 61 points from 30 matches. They won 17 matches, drew 10 and lost three and scored a league high of 40 goals and con­ceded 25.

The brewers, who won their 11th ti­tle, were con­firmed the 2016 cham­pi­ons in a brief but colour­ful awards cer­e­mony held at the Nyayo Na­tional Sta­dium.

And they had the last laugh over ti­tle ri­vals Gor Mahia, whom they beat by a sin­gle goal at the same venue to as­sert their dom­i­nance and end their sea­son on a high.

Al­lan Wanga came on as a sec­ond half sub­sti­tute and ac­counted for the only goal that put to rest any doubt of which team was the best this sea­son.

Else­where, Ulinzi Stars right back Cy­lus Shi­tote has termed his in­jury scarred sea­son as his worst yet and he is hope­ful of hav­ing a full sea­son un­der his belt for the sol­diers next year.

Af­ter bat­tling in­jury on and off for al­most 12 months, the for­mer Sony Sugar de­fender made a re­sound­ing re­turn to the team in the sec­ond half sea­son and has been giv­ing com­mand­ing per­for­mances on the right side of de­fence since then help­ing Robert Mat­nao’s men to a re­spectable third place fin­ish in the Premier League as well as reach­ing the fi­nal of the GOtv Shield .

“It was a knee in­jury which kept re­cur­ring and it re­ally pulled me be­hind in terms of the progress I have made and it was the worst pe­riod in my ca­reer. But I al­ways gave my­self hope be­cause it was not a frac­ture and nei­ther did I go for surgery. I al­ways knew I would come out of it stronger,” Shi­tote said on the club’s of­fi­cial por­tal.

Shi­tote de­scribed the pe­riod he was out with in­jury as the worst in his ca­reer, but said it has spurred him to be more de­ter­mined to make the best out of ev­ery op­por­tu­nity he will get to play.

/ENOS TECHE

Tusker FC cel­e­brates with their tro­phy af­ter be­ing de­clared the 2016 Sportpesa Premier League cham­pi­ons over the week­end.

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