The 71-year-old tactician still believes his charges are in control for the league title insisting “we must beat rivals Gor Mahia coming Sunday to prove critics wrong.”
Kenya Premier League (KPL) leaders AFC Leopards coach Jan Koops is putting up a brave fight despite the team dropping crucial points in their 2-1 defeat to Western Stima in a match played at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Saturday.
The 71-year-old tactician still believes his charges are in control for the league title insisting “we must beat our rivals Gor Mahia coming Sunday to prove critics wrong.”
“We lost fairly because we were not at our best. The absence of defender Eric Masika was a big blow to our title ambitions. It was not the best game from us, but we should not be written off.”
Western Stima striker Wesley Kemboi scored a brace to put the ‘big cats’ to the sword. They now face a potentially make or break fixture against high riding and bitter rivals Gor Mahia in an eagerly awaited Mashemeji derby (a Swahili word for in-laws) on Sunday.
The power men head coach Henry Omino was in cloud nine after a brilliant show handed them maximum points and a possible top eight finish in the league.
“We prepared adequately for this tie. We had set our eyes on victory and it came, therefore its no surprise for the team.”
“My players remained steadfast and followed instructions for the entire 90 minutes of play which gave us the win.”
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