NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 30- Second tier side KCB has warned Tusker FC not to expect it easy when the two teams clash on Saturday at Nakuru’s Afraha Stadium in the semi-final of the GOtv Shield.
Tusker will be seeking to quench a 23-year thirst for the GOtv Shield while also lining up for a dream season double, but the Bankers, relegated from the top tier league last term have no time for sentiments.
“It is a very tough match, no doubt. I have watched them play and I know they have good players with individual skill and can dictate the direction and pace of the game. Overall as a team, they are also not light opponents because they lead the top tier league,” KCB head coach Leonard Saleh, who watched Tusker beat Posta Rangers in midweek told Capital Sport.
“We are prepared for that match very well. We have the focus and I am certain we can do well and go into the final. Nothing is impossible. We know how best we can tackle them,” the experienced tactician offered.
On their way to the semis, KCB have downed two Kenyan Premier League sides; Thika United and Western Stima – and Saleh believes it will not be an issue facing another top tier side.
KCB will pick motivation from their performance against Tusker in their last season in top flight last year, having managed four out of a maximum six points off their Thika Road neighbors.
Tusker enjoys superiority in head-to-head record over the last four years, having won four times and drawn a similar number of matches over eight competitive meetings.
KCB will be missing the services of influential midfielder Michael Oyando as well as goalkeeper Zachary Onyango, both of who are injured; but Saleh is unfazed.
“We missed them in the last league match as well and we managed to cope just fine. I trust that I have an able team and we will be able to do well even if we miss them. I would have loved to have them though because they understand the game so well and have played such high profile matches before, but it is beyond us,” Saleh offered.
Last year KCB never made it past the first round.