•He has, however, told his players to tread carefully in the crunch tie that could enhance their fortunes in the cutthroat competition.
•Akhulia, however, tipped his squad to register a better performance than they did last season, saying they have amassed sufficient experience to successfully contend for the title.
Bidco United head coach Anthony Akhulia has warned his charges not to underrate Tusker despite their slow start to the season.
Akhulia will be leading his charges against the Ruaraka-based brewers in their next Kenyan Premier League fixture on Saturday.
He has, however, told his players to tread carefully in the crunch tie that could enhance their fortunes in the cutthroat competition.
Akhulia lavished praise on their opponents, stating that they boast massive experience having clinched the championship on numerous occasions.
"We face Tusker in our next match and it would be a big mistake to approach them casually just because they have not been posting good results lately," Akhulia said.
"Remember this is a side that has won the league multiple times and has experience on the continental stage. That alone gives them an edge heading into the game," he added.
Akhulia, however, tipped his squad to register a better performance than they did last season, saying they have amassed sufficient experience to successfully contend for the title.
"We have a good squad that is capable of winning the title. All we need to do is to maintain consistent performance in our remaining matches and I believe we shall be in the race for the title," Akhulia said.
The gaffer asked their fans to be patient as he continued to mould a winning squad.
"We lost a good number of players at the end of last season and it takes time to build a winning team. That explains why our campaign took off on a low note," Akhulia said.
Akhulia urged his charges to fight tooth and nail in all their matches, reiterating the need to post consistent results.
"I'm glad we have finally found our footing in the competition and we are now winning matches save for our last game where we lost to Bandari at Kasarani Annex," Akhulia remarked.
"I can't attribute the loss to a congested fixture or fatigue. Football is a very competitive sport where you can easily get punished by the opponent if you make mistakes and fail to utilise your chances," he added.
Akhulia said they have used the long international break to mend all the loopholes that could compromise and jolt their title ambitions.
"We are resuming the league and I believe we shall bounce back emphatically. We have already identified the areas that got us exposed to the opponents in the matches where we didn't perform remarkably," Akhulia stated.