10 November 2012

Kenya: AFC Counting On Miseries of Rivals Gor and Tusker

Photo: Capital FM
Kenya: Tusker FC retained their domestic league crown 2012.

Leopards go into the today's match against Chemelil away with a point shy of the top spot occupied by their fierce rivals Gor Mahia. Leopards are yet to win the Kenya Premier League title since 1998 and will have to break down a stubborn Chemelil side who have held them to draws in their last two encounters and wait for their rivals' outcome.

That Leopards are pinning their hopes of winning the title on the performances of their rival clubs, is something pundits are still struggling to understand.

Jan Koops side had looked a good bet to win the championship having started with a 10-match unbeaten run by which time they had accumulated 26 points until they fell to Tusker in Mombasa and their season began to unravel.

Their lead at the top of the table quickly dwindled and looked to have been edged out of contention for the title until their recent resurgence.

"We are a very determined team and we have player who never give up. Gor have come a long way and deserve to be where they are but we hope to take advantage of any slip ups," said the former Leopards skipper.

Ingwe will be at full strength against Chemelil with Alan Wanga likely to be restored to the starting line up ahead of former Chemelil striker Victor Ochieng.

Defenders Eric Masika, Jonas Nahimana, Edwin Barasa and another past Chemelil man Abbas Kilawabye will be tasked with keeping Tony Opondo and company at bay. A win may not be enough for Ingwe but they go to Awendo with hopes in their hearts.

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