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  • September 14, 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Mumias Sports Complex, Mumias
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AFC Leopards- Chemelil Preview: Tricky assignment for Ingwe at Mumias Complex

AFC Leopards- Chemelil Preview: Tricky assignment for Ingwe at Mumias Complex

Timothy Olobulu.

Ingwe will be without dependable defender Jonas Nahimana and Peter Opiyo when they host bogey side Chemelil Sugar in a league match

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

AFC LEOPARDS

Martin Musalia
Wafula, Masika, Juma, Kiwaalabye
Imbalambala, Omotto, Seda
Were, Wafula, Wanga
CHEMELIL SUGAR

Jairus Adira
Ouma, Ooko, Omino, Omondi
Mwaniki, Mutahi, Macharia
Georson, Odero, Obwoge

AFC Leopards’ start life without dependable defender Jonas Nahimana who left the country for an overseas stint as they host Chemelil Sugar at Mumias Complex on Saturday.

Nahimana has been solid at Leopards’ back four but opted to go for trials with Major Soccer League (MLS) side FC Dallas in the United States of America (USA) leaving a huge gap at the back.

Also set to miss the crucial fixture for Ingwe is midfielder Peter 'Pinchez' Opiyo, who sneaked out of the country last week to sign a deal with Oman-based club Al Shaabab.

It is a crucial match for Leopards, who have to win to revive their hopes of clinching the league title though coach Luc Eymael had ruled out their title ambitions two weeks ago.

Eymael must come up with a new strategy to stop the sugar millers, who have always been a bogey team for Leopards’ given their past results. It is Chemelil Sugar, who edged out AFC Leopards from this year’s KPL Top 8 tournament in a match that was marred by violence at Nyayo Stadium.

Leopards lost their last match 2-1 to champions Tusker two weeks ago and will be hoping that their attacking force made up of Noah Wafula and Allan Wanga is in great shape to give them victory.

Chemelil know they have always dominated their fixtures against Leopards and this will give them plenty of confidence going into this match.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • AFC Leopards have never beaten Chemelil in the last two seasons of the Kenyan Premier League.

  • Mumias Complex, venue of Saturday’s fixture is the second home ground for Leopards’, who are sponsored by Mumias Sugar company.

  • AFC Leopards midfielder Peter Opiyo (pictured) left the club without permission for the middle east where he was hoping to sign a contract with Oman club Al Shaabab. He has since been ordered back home.

  • Chemelil Sugar striker Georson Likono is a former AFC Leopards player.

  • Chemelil Sugar coach Mike Mururi is a former international player who turned out for the team he is currently coaching.

  • AFC Leopards’ will start life without dependable defender Jonas Nahimana, who left the country for trials with Major Soccer League side FC Dallas in the United States of America (USA).

  • It is Chemelil Sugar, who edged out AFC Leopards from this year’s KPL Top 8 tournament in a match that was marred by violence at Nyayo Stadium.

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