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Tusker beat Yanga

FOOTBALL By Gilbert Wandera | December 28th 2012

By Gilbert Wandera

Former Sony Sugar striker Ismael Dunga began his Tusker career on a positive note after scoring for the brewers who beat Tanzanian giants Yanga 1-0 in Tuesday’s friendly international in Dar-es-Saalam.

Dunga scored from the penalty spot in the 44th minute awarded after Khalid Aucho had been felled in the box by a Yanga opponent.

Dunga was formerly at Sony Sugar and is one of the strikers signed up by the KPL champions in anticipation of retaining the league title next season.

Speaking after the match, Tusker coach Robert Matano praised his boys for a wonderful performance.

“Today we played really well and if we maintain the same performance, we should be able to retain the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) title next season. My boys followed instructions and generally Iam fired up about their show today.

“Our opponents are not push-overs and despite attempts by the referee to help them, we were still able to hold onto to our win. It can only get better,” he said.

Matano who has signed a record 15 players was full of praise for his new signings insisting they will fill up gaps in the team and they are already showing signs of being able to work together.

Tusker arrived in Tanzania on Monday. They are. Currently on their way  to Zanzibar for the annual one-week Mapinduzi Soccer Tournament. Tomorrow, they will play Tanzanian champions Simba in their second build-up match before crossing over to Zanzibar.

The KPL champions are using the tour as pre-season for the new season in which they will take part in three competitions, the KPL, the regional club championships and the CAF Champions league.

In the CAF champions league, the team is likely to meet African giants Al-Ahly in the second round.

In the meantime, despite  Harambee Stars failing to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals, the country will still be represented by two referees.

Assistant referee Aden Marwa and centre referee Sylvester Kirwa have been selected to officiate in the continental show-piece which kicks off on January 19.

It is Marwa’s second appearance after he officiated in this year’s edition held in Gabon and Equitorial Guinea.

Marwa has also been short-listed as one of the assistant referees to officiate in the 2014 World Cup to be held in Brazil and is in line to make history as the first Kenyan to officiate at the global stage.

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