The Dutchman believes they are yet to play top sides in the Kenyan league hence asking his charges to remain calm despite opening an eight point lead over Tusker
AFC Leopards tactician Jan Koops has urged his charges to stop getting carried away after Ingwe opened up a eight point lead in the sixteen team Kenya Premier League (KPL) following a 5-0 thrashing of Thika United at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday.
A hat-trick from Charles Okwemba, Laurent Tumba and Simon Mbugua’s own goal was enough for Leopards to take their points tally to 44 from 21 matches.
It was a welcome result for Leopards who last weekend dropped two vital points after settling to a scoreless draw with Rangers. Coach Koops was happy with the win but remained cautious.
“We are of course happy bagging maximum points, but must stop getting carried away and remain focused. We still have big matches coming up and that is where our energy should be directed to,” the Dutchman told Goal.com.
Leopards are chasing their first premiership title in thirteen years and coach Koops believes a lot needs to be done to achieve the fete.
“We are yet to play rivals Gor Mahia, second placed Tusker and former champions Ulinzi Stars. I strongly believe that these matches will decide our destiny and that is why we should stop celebrating yet.”
Koops hailed his back four for a solid performance. “It was fantastic to keep another clean sheet because it shows we are gelling well. We must be focused now because the league is in a very crucial stage.”
“Tusker has matches in hand and that gives them slight advantage.” Leopards face Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in their next league match on August 26 (Sunday).