By Bernard Okumu
Kenyan Premier League Champions Tusker football club will start their continental assignment away this weekend against AS Port-Louis 2000 from Mauritius in the 2017 CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg match.
The Brewers, who will be under the tutelage of new head coach Ugandan George Nsimbe, who replaced double winning tactician Ugandan Paul Nkata [presently with Mombasa based Bandari FC, return to the prestigious African top tier competition for the first time since 2013, where they were eliminated in the first round by Egyptian giants Egypt Al-Ahly.
Nsimbe is expected to guide the brewers past the Mauritanian champions who return to the CAF Champions League for the first time in four years.
If they win the two-legged tie, Tusker will in the first round meet Al-Hilal of Egypt.
Meanwhile, Kenya’s Cup winners Ulinzi Stars will travel to Egypt this weekend for their opening game of the CAF Confederation Cup, having been drawn against Libyan side Hilal Benghazi.
The match was moved to Egypt due to the political instability in Libya.
If Ulinzi makes it to the first round they will play Egypt’s Smouha SC in another two-legged encounter. Ulinzi will host the second leg in Nairobi after a fortnight.