Football Kenya Federation (FKF) President Nick Mwendwa has explained why Kakamega Homeboyz stands a chance to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup if Tusker ends up winning a double this season.
The Brewers stormed the final of the Mozzart Bet FKF Cup after edging out Ulinzi Stars 1-0 in the semi-finals at Nyayo Stadium on Saturday.
Tusker under coach Robert Matano are also in the race to win the Premier League title as they are perched at the top of the 18-team table with 64 points from 30 matches, one more than second-placed and rivals Gor Mahia, with only four matches remaining to conclude the season.
With Tusker set to face Homeboyz, who defeated AFC Leopards 2-1 in the other semis clash, in the final of the domestic Cup, FKF have clarified should the Brewers triumph on all fronts then the Kakamega-based outfit will earn a direct ticket to continental football next season.
“It is very true that if Tusker ends up winning the league title and FKF Cup, Homeboyz will go for Caf Confederation Cup next season,” said Mwendwa adding: “But if Gor Mahia beats Tusker to the league title, then whoever wins the FKF Cup between Homeboyz and Tusker will go for Confederation Cup.”
The confirmation that Homeboyz stands a chance to benefit from Tusker’s double achievement has left club chairman Cleophas Shimanyula calling for his charges to stay focused and “do our job to avoid favours.”.
“We need to play our part and wait for the rest to unravel, our focus is to beat Tusker and win the trophy,” explained Shimanyula.
“We have to stay focused and not allow this news [of going to continental because of Tusker’s fete] to get into my players, I have asked them [players] to stay focused and play their game. We have the capacity to beat Tusker in the final, and must not wait for their favour.”
Apart from taking home Ksh2 million from the title sponsors, the winner of the domestic competition will earn a direct ticket to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup for next season.