NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s football club Kariobangi Sharks will
debut at the continental stage when they take on Djibouti side
Arta Solar FC in the Africa Confederations Cup in Nairobi.
predecessors Gor Mahia, who are competing in the Confederation
of African Football (CAF) Champions League, Sharks will be
writing their own history as they aim to launch their title
campaign in the Confederation Cup.
Head coach William
Muluya said his team will complete the task, despite losing some
players in the transfer market, adding they will not underrate
their Djibouti opponents who are low in FIFA world ranking.
“Both teams are
making their debut show in the competition, but we Sharks will
not underrate them. We will approach the match with caution and
I’m confident we’ll get positive results,” Muluya said in
Nairobi on Monday.
“But we are not
worried because we have been well-prepared. The players are in
high spirits as it is their first time on the continental scene,
which is enough motivation for them,” added the coach.
Sharks striker Eric
Kapaito has called on his team to take the bull by the horns,
striving to exploit their early chances in order to have more
goals ahead of the return leg match in Djibouti in two weeks.
“There is no excuse
because we have been accorded the best preparations and the boys
are really looking forward to the game. Most of us will be
making debuts which will be a motivation for us to give our
best,” said Kapaito.
Solar FC has arrived
in Nairobi on Monday morning and had their first training
In other East Africa
region matches, Tanzanian side Mtibwa Sugar who return to CAF
competition for the first time in 14 years, hope to record huge
victory against Northern Dynamo of Seychelles on Tuesday in Dar
es Salaam for the Confederations Cup.