In Summary

  • Will Ulinzi Stars and Tusker finally overcome the poor form showcased by Kenyan clubs in recent years in the continental competitions?
  • For both teams it has rarely been a happy occasion – Tusker were knocked out of the Caf Champions League after a 4-1 aggregate loss to Egyptian giants Al Ahly last time they featured in 2013, while Ulinzi are in the Caf Confederation Cup for the first time.
  • Save for Gor Mahia, winners of the Nelson Mandela Cup in 1987, no other Kenyan club has tasted continental glory.

Will Ulinzi Stars and Tusker finally overcome the poor form showcased by Kenyan clubs in recent years in the continental competitions?

For both teams it has rarely been a happy occasion – Tusker were knocked out of the Caf Champions League after a 4-1 aggregate loss to Egyptian giants Al Ahly last time they featured in 2013, while Ulinzi are in the Caf Confederation Cup for the first time.

Save for Gor Mahia, winners of the Nelson Mandela Cup in 1987, no other Kenyan club has tasted continental glory. Tusker, then known as Kenya Breweries, were finalists in the 1994 Caf Winners’ Cup but lost to Democratic Republic of Congo’s DC Motema Pembe.

From then, Kenyan clubs have flattered to deceive on the continental scene.

Aware of the weight of history against them, veteran Ulinzi Stars defender Geoffrey “Koki” Kokoyo has issued a rallying call to Kenyans to turn up in large numbers at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on Saturday to cheer the soldiers as they take on Libyan side Al Hilal Benghazi from 3pm.

Ulinzi and Al Hilal Benghazi have only met once in Caf Confederation Cup history – last weekend in the opening leg which ended 1-0 in favour of the Libyans.

This will be the return match and the soldiers know they must win by a two-goal margin to overturn the 1-0 loss from the first leg played in Egypt on Friday last week to progress.

“We are confident we shall win. We saw them (Al Hilal) in the first leg match and we know that they have weaknesses in terms of physical fitness,” Kokoyo said on Friday.

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