Muluya fires-up the Sharks ahead of Africa adventure


Muluya fires-up the Sharks ahead of Africa adventure
Kariobangi Sharks FC players and technical bench pray during their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match against Kakamega Homeboyz fc at Camp Toyoyo stadium, Jericho in Nairobi on April 21, 2018. Kakamega Homeboyz FC won 2-1. Photo/Stafford Ondego/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluhya has urged his boys to step up and prove that they have the pedigree to dine with the best at Africa’s football high table when they host Arta Solar of Djibouti
  • Muluya  believes his charges  have what it takes to grab  a first round win, but called on fans to turn up in their numbers  to rally behind the team.

Kariobangi Sharks head coach William Muluya has urged his boys to step up and prove that they have the pedigree to dine with the best at Africa’s football high table when they host Arta Solar of Djibouti in the first leg preliminary tie of the Caf- Confederations Cup at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani tomorrow.

In a heart- to- heart interview with Citizen Digital after taking his boys through a morning work-out at Kasarani Stadium, Muluya  said he believes his charges  have what it takes to grab  a first round win, but called on fans to turn up in their numbers  to rally behind the team.

 

“What I am looking to achieve first is good performance from the players, and I am sure if they can perform well it will be easy to advance to the next stage. All this will be possible if our fans come and cheer us all through; we need  their support,” rallied Muluhya.

At the same time, Muluya said he’s facing a selection dilemma after goalkeeper John Oyemba made a timely return to training.

(FILE)Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya gestures as he follows proceedings at the touchline during a past match.Image/SPORTPICHA
(FILE)Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya gestures as he follows proceedings at the touchline during a past match.Image/SPORTPICHA

Despite missing training just a week ago after several months on the sidelines, Muluya maintained the shot stopper is in frame to challenge young goalkeeper Brian Bwire  for the starting role between the sticks against Solar.

“Actually, I have a selection puzzle. Oyemba is back and Bwire has also been performing well. They’re all in good shape but I believe whoever we entrust with the duty is going to represent us well.”

An aggregate win for the Kenyan side will fire them to the second round where they’ll meet either Yaounde of Cameroon or Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko.

FKF President Nick Mwendwa, the club founder, attended the mourning work-out at Kasarani, and is expected to be among the spectators.

Match tickets retail at Ksh 100. FKF President Nick Mwendwa, who is the club founder, is expected to be among the spectators.

Full squad

Goalkeepers

Brian Bwire, John Oyemba and Gad Matthews

Defenders

John Otieno, Bolton Omwenga, Eric Juma, Thomas Teka, Geoffrey Shiveka, Nixon Omondi, John Kuol and Michael Bodo

Midfielders

Moses Mwangi, Sven Yidah ,Harrison Mwendwa, Duke Abuya, Fidel Origa, Vincent Wasambo, James Mazembe, Patillah Omoto and Alvin Mang’eni.

Strikers

Eric Kapaito,George Abege,Henry Juma and Sydney Lokale

 

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