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Kenya’s Sharks to face Djibouti’s Solar in Africa Confederation Cup  

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.

Unlike their 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 session.

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.

           

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