NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan champions Gor Mahia FC’s forward Jacques
Tuyisenge is optimistic of opening his account for the season
against Equatorial Guinea side Leones Vegetarianos on Saturday.
The Kenyan Premier
League (KPL) titleholders will host the first leg of the 2018
CAF Champions League preliminary clash in Machakos, about 60km
east of Nairobi.
joined the club in January 2016 from Rwandese side Police FC,
sat out of the opening league tie against Nakumatt FC where
compatriot Meddie Kagere scored a hat-trick as the domestic
winners romped to a 4-0 rout.
The pair is expected
to lead the goal hunt for the record KPL champions as head coach
Dylan Kerr looks to gain early advantage in the competition by
winning at home.
“We have prepared
well because our focus during pre-season was mainly on the
continental matches. We have a good team and we all believe that
we can make a mark at this stage this season,” Tuyisenge said.
“I did not play over
the weekend because I had a slight knock but now I’m in good
shape and ready to do my job for the team. I’m a striker and I
know what is expected of me at this level is to score goals,”
the record Gor signing added.
While the club has
struggled to go past the preliminaries in recent times,
Tuyisenge points out that a convincing win in Machakos will
place them in good stead of progressing to the next round.
“My experience with
home and away matches is that you have to win convincingly at
home before you go and play away. We want to win and carry a
healthy advantage to the return leg,” the Rwandese international
“I urge the fans to
rally behind the team because that atmosphere will be important
for us to excel at home. We will not let them down,” he
with injuries in his first season at the club, Tuyisenge finally
found his feet in 2017 netting 13 goals in the league.
He will hope to
endear himself to the fans with a good run in the Champions
League this season.