Matano sheds light on Mieno and Blackberry at Tusker

Kenyan internationals Humphrey Mieno and George Blackberry Odhiambo were among the players donning the yellow of 11 – time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker FC as the Brewers took on Ulinzi Stars in a Wednesday 31 July preseason friendly match at Ruaraka Stadium.

The duo’s presence at the team sparked speculation that they could have found a new home at the side led by coach Robert Matano, having served in the past season at St. George FC in Ethiopia and Gor Mahia.

Being assessed

However, while there is the possibility of sealing a move to the team, that bridge has not yet been reached. He said the two requested to train with the side and are being assessed.

“I invited Blackberry to come and play with us but we have not talked about a possible transfer. I wanted to have a look at him because it has been long since I watched him and we will continue gauging him.

“As for Mieno, he is training with us but there is no confirmation so far. If there is something we will tell you,” he said.


Further the coach revealed he is impressed by Ugandan forward Nicholas Kagaba, a former Onduparaka man, who has been training with the team and indicated that he may be handed a deal.

“I am impressed with Kagaba and I think we’ll have to talk to him. I am happy with his ball handling and I think (in the Ulinzi Stars friendly match) he had good coordination with the rest,” he added.

Kagaba came from the bench in the friendly match and engineered the comeback, winning a penalty and scoring the second goal that saw the Brewers beat Ulinzi Stars 2 – 1.