Eymael: AFC Leopards’ have a chance to win title

The Belgian tactician insists Ulinzi, AFC Leopards’, Thika Utd and Sofapaka are well poised to claim crown despite Gor Mahia enjoying nine point lead

AFC Leopards’ coach Luc Eymael insists they still have a chance of winning the Kenya Premier League title despite battling to a 2-2 draw against leaders and rivals Gor Mahia at Kasarani on Sunday.

Eymael admits that the chase for the crown is still wide open and has blamed his defenders for letting K’Ogalo rally from behind to earn a draw on Sunday.

“I have watched the replay of the match again and we are to blame for allowing Gor Mahia into the match.

“The moment you invite your opponents into your territory then be assured of conceding. We simply allowed Gor Mahia into our territory and our goalkeeper (Patrick Matasi) when coming out to defend…he did not do well to hold onto the ball.

“Instead, he punched the ball back to the opponent and that was easy for them to punish us. I don’t want to blame Matasi for the defeat. We have picked a lot of positives from the contest and want to focus on our next assignment against Tusker,” Eymael told Goal.

Asked whether AFC Leopards’ are still in the title chase, the Belgian replied, “Yes of course. Gor Mahia have the best chance because they are ahead on nine points but mathematically…Ulinzi Stars, AFC Leopards, Tusker, Sofapaka and Thika United also have a chance.

“Gor Mahia must play Sofapaka, Tusker FC, Thika United, Ulinzi Stars and those are tough fixtures for any side. Anything can happen in football and we have to take our matches as they come.”