The extremely high levels of anticipation for the commence of the inaugural SportPesa Super Cup can lay to rest. It’s D-day! Today marks the beginning of the 6-day tournament which will be hosted in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. All matches are scheduled to be played at the 20,000-capacity Uhuru Stadium.
The first match pitting Kenya’s AFC Leopards and newly promoted Singida FC from Tanzania is set to kick off at 2 pm EAT. Ingwe, as the leopards are popularly known, will hope that their unforgettable historic prowess in African football will be enough to sink their Tanzanian counterparts. Nothing less than a win will guarantee progression into the semi-final stage, both teams will bring their best foot forward knowing what’s at stake.
Star defender Robinson Kamura is the most notable name that did not travel with his Kenyan club as he is away on national duty. Andrew Tololwa and Mungai Kiongera are also absent due to injury. Though AFC Leopards are not lacking in their squads depth. Youngsters like Haron Nyakha and Vincent Oburu were included to the squad that will play in front of their new Romanian coach, Dorian Marin.
Another Kenyan side, Tusker FC will take to the pitch soon after against newly crowned Vodacom Premier League Champions Yanga SC at 4:15 p.m EAT. Both teams are reigning Champions in their respective leagues and this game has all the innings to make for a blockbuster fixture.
“We are going there to do our best because it is a chance to play against a European team and the players are hugely motivated by this. All of them are working in training with that in mind. We will not be pushovers,” said Tusker FC C.E.O Charles Obiny.
The afternoon matches will be televised on KTN home and all later proceedings can be watched on the KTN News.
Who will be victorious? Who will stand strong and get the chance to play against Everton F.C next month in Tanzania? The wait is over, the time has come for the SportPesa Super Cup.