The Star (Nairobi)

12 November 2012

Kenya: Leopards Plot to Oust Gor Mahia in FKL Cup Semis

After seeing their hopes of winning the Kenya Premier League title fall short, AFC Leopards now shift their attention to the FKF Cup semi-finals fixture against Gor Mahia this weekend.

Leopards' coach Jan Koop said they will now turn their focus on the FKF Cup after his teams 1-0 defeat to Chemelil Sugar at the Awendo Green Stadium, locked them out of the race.

"The league is gone and we have now trained our sights to the crucial semi-final match next weekend. We want to win the trophy and represent Kenya in continental football."

Koops admitted that the game against their traditional rivals will be a tough one but vowed to emerge victorious in the match scheduled for Sunday Moi International Sports Center, Kasarani.

Tusker Premier League champions Tusker will face off with Sofapaka on Saturday in another semi-final match. He expressed his disappointment with their failure to win the Premier League title but hailed his players for finishing third.

The coach said the players gave their best and were disciplined throughout the grueling season. "We came into the game expecting to win while hoping that Tusker and Gor would drop points. Unfortunately we lost our game here," said the Dutchman.

Jonathan Mwaniki scored Chemelil's lone goal in the 20th minute as the millers continued with their dominance over Leopards in the league.

Commenting on the loss, Koops said: "Chemelil have been our bogey team. They were luck today after they scored and held on to win. We attacked and attacked but we were not lucky."

He singled out Chemelil goalkeeper Fredrick Onyango for praise, saying he thwarted several efforts by AFC attackers led by Allan Wanga, Mike Baraza, Victor Ochieng and Paul Were.

The Dutchman said the club will sign players ahead of next season and drop those who have under-performed this season.

"We are going to sit down with the executive committee to evaluate the season after the FKL matches. This is when we will decide on who we will drop and sign," noted Koops. He, however, said the club is yet to identify their targets.

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