Newly crowned FKF Premier League champions Tusker FC have released 11 players ahead of the 2021/22 season.
Former Gor Mahia forward George Odhiambo and the former MVP Michael Madoya have been released.
Shockingly, Luke Namanda, one of the players who were arguably one of the outstanding players of the title-winning season is among those who have left.
Others are Ugandan defender Rodgers Aloro, Brian Marita, Faraj Ominde, custodian Robert Mboya, Sammy Meja, and Eric Ambunya.
Crispinus Onyango, Brian Marita, Faraj Ominde, Chris Ochieng, Robert Mboya, Robert Aloro, Sammy Meja, and Eric Ambunya are the other players who have left the 12-time Premier League winners.
In the meantime, Tusker have signed former Gor Mahia defender Charles Momanyi, Harambee Stars goalkeeper Patrick Matasi and Tanzanian duo of Kalos Kirenge and Joshua Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Tusker will camp in Mombasa for a one-week pre-season programme ahead of their Caf Champions League preliminary round matches set for next month.
Tusker have been drawn against Djibouti’s Artar Solar in the preliminary round of the Caf Champions League.
The first leg will be played between September 10-12 with the second leg planned for September 17-19.
“The week in Mombasa will be very vital for us because we have new players who need to gel and integrate with the team. It will also be an opportunity for us to work on what we need to do to be ready for the first match of the Champions League,” said head coach Robert Matano.
“We started the training on a slow tempo just to make sure the players are not pushed too much because we have also come from a very tight season. Now we need to focus in Mombasa and get everyone’s mind ready for the massive task ahead of us.”
Before travelling to Mombasa, Tusker on Saturday played a friendly match against the national team Harambee Stars which is preparing to play Uganda in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier on Thursday.
Stars won the game 1-0 with Tusker midfielder Boniface Muchiri scoring the goal
Matano used the match to test some of his new players as well as get the team ready for Mombasa.