AFC Leopards head coach Jan Koops has challenged his troops to rise to the occasion when his title chasing squad takes on Western Stima in a make or break league duel in Nakuru on Saturday.
Koops believes that though they have failed to pick maximum points from the club's recent two matches, his boys have the steel to mount a successful campaign for the league trophy that they last won in 1998 and as such they should not be written off.
“The next two matches will be key to our title ambitions. Against Stima tomorrow (Saturday) and next week against Gor Mahia, we have to win these matches if we are to remain in contention,” the Dutchman told Goal.com Kenya.
“There is no need for alarm, the goal drought we have undergone is just normal, I have talked to the players and they understand what kind of scenario we are in. The most important thing is for everybody to rally behind the team.”
Leopards lead strikers Mike Baraza and Allan Wanga have not found the net in the last two matches while left footed Ugandan import Jimmy Bageya has failed to command a starting role thus leaving the task of hunting for goals on the shoulders of veteran midfielder Charles Okwemba, who by all standards is not an out and out striker.
But even as the Ingwe nation plots to dim off the power men at the Afraha Stadium, Koops faces a nerve wrecking wait on the fitness of his right full back Edwin Wafula who is a major doubt with a hamstring injury.
Deputy coach Nicholas Muyoti revealed that they will be awaiting the team doctor's assessment on the player on Friday before they make a decision.
AFC lead the log on 45 points, two more than second placed Gor and three more than third placed Tusker.
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