The Star (Nairobi)

13 November 2012

Kenya: AFC Target the FKF Cup

Team manager says Leopards energies are focused on the cup final.

AFC Leopards team manager Bernard Onyango has said their focus now lies on winning the Football Kenya Federation Cup. Leopards lost the league title chase to holders Tusker despite looking the better side for the better part of the season.

Tusker garnered 60 points followed by Gor Mahia on 59 while Leopards finishing third with 57. Leopards face Gor Mahia in the FKF Cup semi-final on Sunday at the Nyayo Stadium.

"We cannot afford to lose this one," said Onyango. "We must win to ensure our status since Tusker won the league and Gor Mahia are the Top 8 champions. We are working hard to ensure we give our fans something to celebrate about."

Onyango observed there was no fairness in the build up to the league race photo finish. He claimed Leopards were the worst affected. "I liked the arrangements on the final day where all the top three teams played their matches simultaneously," said Onyango.

"KPL should have made similar arrangements when they realised that the league would go down to the wire with four matches remaining."

He observed that Leopards played their last three games (excluding) the final tie on Saturdays while their opponents Gor Mahia and Tusker played theirs on Sundays (a day later).

"This put them at an advantage since they knew our result beforehand," said Onyango. He said their focus now lies on representing Kenya at the 2013 Africa Confederations Cup.

"We have a good squad that can represent the country adequately," said Onyango. He observed it was the preserve of the coach - Jan Koops - to identify the cub's department that needs to be boosted by bringing in new players.

He revealed the confusion witnessed in the build up to their Top 8 semi final match against Gor Mahia, which they ultimately absconded, affected the team a great deal.

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