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AFC Leopards coach rallies his troops to stop playing to the crowd and win with any style when they face Tusker in a league match on Friday

AFC Leopardstactician Jan Koops has revealed that they have started feeling the pressure of topping the Kenya premiership chart as they prepare for a decisive match against champions Tusker at Kasarani on Friday.

The Dutch coach is now rallying behind his troops to stop playing for the crowd and instead win Friday’s match “in whatever style.”

“At this stage of the season it doesn’t matter how you win matches. Be it ugly or by a slim margin what we want is maximum points,” Koops told Goal.com Kenya.

“The importance of the game is that it is a must win because we want to open a big gap against Tusker. Even Gor Mahia are now trailing behind our neck and this makes the league very exciting.”

Koops set an unprecedented 25 match unbeaten record in the recent history of the KPL before it was halted by Tusker in the first leg match when the brewers won 2-0 in Mombasa.

"Tusker is always a very formidable opponent and Friday will not be different for Ingwe. The brewers have a new coach (Robert Matano) with fresh ideas and they want to retain their title so they will give their best but we will have to show that we are ready to be crowned champions by beating the champions.”

Tusker’s Matano has predicted a tough battle. “They (AFC) are the league leaders. They want to win the title and we as defending champions who want to retain the trophy, so the match will be tough.’’

 

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