Sakari reveals Sharks’ continental ambitions as he relishes Stars role

A return to continental football is what is on the cards this season for Kariobangi Sharks according to Daniel Sakari.

The defender has revealed the high expectations at the club which are currently being threatened by the high rise in Covid-19 infections in the country.

“Our target was to be in the top two if not to win the league. We were really focused on playing the continental tournaments,” the young marauding fullback exclusively revealed.

On course

Sharks were very much on course to achieving this fete before the season was halted on March 26th owing to the high rise in Corona Virus cases.

After 16 rounds of play before the stoppage, William Muluya’s charges ranked 4th on the standings with 28 points, just two points outside of 2nd place and a further eight adrift of top spot.

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Kariobangi Sharks’ Daniel Sakari impressed in his first competitive matches with Harambee Stars (PIC: K-Sharks)

Taking into consideration that last season’s campaign was abandoned slightly past the halfway point in an effort to try and contain the spread of the virus, Sakari is hoping that the same fate doesn’t befall this season’s campaign and that him and his fellow footballers can return to work and fend for their families.

“Right now it’s just training to stay in shape and hoping that we are even called back as soon as tomorrow. This is what feeds us, our families and the people we love because this is mostly what we depend on. So it’s a bit tough. We can only hope for something positive,” he said.

Harambee Stars

The former Kakamega Homeboyz player also touched on his recent escapades with the Kenyan national team where he managed to earn his senior team competitive debut as Harambee Stars closed out their AFCON 2021 qualifiers with matches against Egypt and Togo.

“I had never featured before so it was a really good feeling I must say. You know being given a call up and playing in both games was a really happy moment,” he said.

Sakari proved himself a worthy solution towards Kenya’s lingering problem at righback with the two qualifiers, where he clocked the full 180 minutes and impressed with his marauding runs up and down the flank.

For several years now, Stars coaches have had this conundrum at rightback with former tactician Sebastien Migne being forced to deploy Gor Mahia midfielder Philemon Otieno in that role during the 2019 AFCON finals.

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