Struggling AFC Leopards' have never beaten brewers' for the last 16 years and will be out to end the jinx when the two giants battle in Machakos
Wafula, Situma, Wamalwa, Masika
Saleh, Mudde, Mango'li
Ikenna, Keli, Okwemba
Buki, Atudo, Kiiza, Wahome
Monday, Mugalia, Aucho
Osumba, Were, Dunga
Limping AFC Leopards’ will be going flat out to end a bad run against Tusker when the two sides clash in a top of the bill Kenya Premier League match at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Saturday.
Ingwe have never beaten the brewers’ for the last 16 years with the best result in that period being a draw. Despite losing to Chemelil Sugar in their last assignment, the brewers’ have enjoyed a good run this season and could prove difficult for Ingwe.
Tusker under coach Francis Kimanzi, are currently lying at position three on the log having found the back of the net 15 times and conceding 12. In sharp contrast, AFC Leopards’ have had a bad start to the season and are placed 11th on the log after amassing 11 points from 10 matches.
Ingwe’s troubles have seen coach James Nandwa sacked with stand-in Abdallah Juma, being tasked with duties of ending jinx against the brewers’. Juma himself did not enjoy a positive start at the den, losing 1-0 to Mathare United in their last fixture.
The return to fitness of striker Allan Wanga and goalkeeper Wycliffe Kasaya is a big boost for Leopards’. Wanga, formerly of Tusker, could start up front alongside 2013 Kenya Player of the Year Jacob Keli.
Tusker will bank on Jese Were and Ismail Dunga, who have been very instrumental this season and could prove difficult to handle for Ingwe back four that could revolve around James Situma, Abdallah Juma, Jackson Seda and Edwin Wafula.
Kimanzi could also partner Khalid Aucho and Osborne Monday to cover his defenders while Brian Osumba, should take control of midfield with his creative role in delivering accurate passes.
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Head to Head: 01/09/2013 Tusker FC 2-1 AFC Leopards, 20/04/2013 AFC Leopards 0-0 Tusker, 07/09/2013 Tusker FC 0-0 AFC Leopards, 21/04/2012 AFC Leopards 0-2 Tusker FC, 06/07/2011 AFC Leopards 1-2 Tusker FC and 27.02.2011 Tusker FC 2-0 AFC Leopards’.
The match has been moved to Machakos Municipal Stadium at the request of AFC Leopards', who owe management of Nyayo Stadium more than Sh200, 000.
AFC Leopards' have lost three matches so far in the first leg.
AFC Leopards striker Allan Wanga is a former Tusker player.
Tusker have beaten AFC Leopards five times in seven meetings since 2010.
This is the second time Tusker are playing at Machakos Municipal Stadium. The last time they lost 4-2 to Sofapaka.
Tusker have lost their last two league matches against Sofapaka where they went down 4-2 and against Chemelil Sugar, who beat them 1-0.