Muluya calm as Sharks swim into Confed Cup waters
- Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya says he has little information about their CAF Confederation Cup opponents but is not worried ahead of their November 27 showdown
- Sharks host Arter Solar in Kasarani for the first leg of their preliminary round clash and while there is little to discover about the Djibouti side, Muluya says they are looking forward to it
Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya says he has little information about their CAF Confederation Cup opponents but is not worried ahead of their November 27 showdown.
Sharks host Arter Solar in Kasarani for the first leg of their preliminary round clash and while there is little to discover about the Djibouti side, Muluya says they are looking forward to it.
The youthful tactician stressed the importance of getting a positive result at home as he prepares to lead Sharks through their first ever continental assignment.
According to Muluya, Sharks will bank on the strengths that propelled them into the competition rather than concentrating on the history of their challenger.
“I think they are more privileged that they can get much information about us courtesy of our digital team. Of course it is easier when you know the opponent but we want to maximise on our strengths,” Muluya told Citizen TV.
The former Mathare United Team Manager defended the decision by the club to stick to their youth policy, saying their record in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) proves his young stars have the right quality to compete against the best.
“Everyone expected us to bring the so-called experience in the team by signing big players after we qualified for the Confederations Cup. How do we then expose the young players to get that experience if we don’t keep give them a chance on the big stage?
“Our performance in the KPL in the first season (finished number three) and the Football Kenya Federation Cup (FKF) exploits mean a young side, with full support can go far. The players I have what it takes to compete favorably in the continental stage,” Muluya averred.
While Sharks lost two influential players (Bolton Omwenga and Pascal Ogweno) in the preseason, their new additions to the team are all little known including two High School students.
“When you lose two good players but you keep the rest, you can still do well because the few cannot mean complete change of culture and style of play. They were good indeed but their departure created room for others to show what they can offer,” the soft spoken coach offered.
An aggregate win for Sharks against Solar will pave way for a second round clash against either Younde of Cameroon or Ghanaian giants Asanate Kotoko.
Meanwhile, Muluya has advised young players in the local league to careful before making steps into the foreign leagues.
“I can cite Eric Johanna, he was patient enough at Mathare United until he was ripe for European challenge. So far he is doing very well for both his club and the national team. Players must be cautious not to rush before the right time. Agents have a responsibility of ensuring players’ welfare, beyond just moving them to foreign leagues,” explained Muluya.
Under his watch, Masoud Juma, John Macharia and Ovella Ochieng have moved overseas from Sharks. So far, the three have registered mixed fortunes in their Southa Africa, Georgia and Sweden assignments with their respective clubs.
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