AFC Leopards - Fosa Juniors Preview: Ingwe keen to impress after four years out
The GOtv Shield champions will be buoyed by the return of Vincent Oburu, who had been in Czech Republic attending trials

AFC Leopards return to continental football with a tricky Caf Confederation Cup test at home to Fosa Juniors of Madagascar at Bukhungu Stadium on Sunday.

The last time Ingwe carried Kenya’s banner in such forums, they succumbed to South Africa’s Supersport United and coach Robert Matano’s charges have no choice but come armed to the teeth lest the disturbing history repeats itself.

Ingwe coach Matano remains confident that they will get a descent result to take to Madagascar in a fortnight. “We want a convincing result ahead of the return leg and our main aim is to avoid giving them an away goal.”

Fosa head coach Andre Watzel took a jibe at the Robert Matano led side late last week. He was quoted saying the Kenyan side has not gelled well for the season.

“AFC Leopards were not organized when I saw them in Nakuru. I was more impressed by Gor Mahia but Leopards still have a good team that looked physical.”

The GOtv Shield champions will certainly be buoyed by the return of forward Vincent Oburu, who had been in Czech Republic attending trials with FC Slovacko.

AFC Leopards will meet the winner between Cameroon outfit Ngazi Sports and AS Port Louis of Mauritius if they eliminate the Madagascan side.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

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AFC Leopards: Duncan Otieno: With the absence of Abdalla 'Shittu', captain 'Dunco' has to ensure he marshals the defense well and minimize possibility of conceding. The main battle will be in the midfield and Collins ‘Gattuso’ Okoth has to ensure he stops attacks channeled through the middle.

Fosa Juniors: Striker Herisoa Andriamamony has already made it clear that he will be aiming at getting his name in the score sheet. He should be closely monitored. Another man to check is Yvon Razafindrakoto, who is expected to partner Herisoa.

PROBABLE LINE-UP: AFC Leopards: Gabriel Andika, Dennis Sikhayi, Isaac Oduro, Robinson Kamura, Duncan Otieno, Victor Majid, Baker Lukooya, Prince Akoh, Whyvonne Isuza, Vincent Oburu and Erick Bekoe.

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