Nandwa insists AFC Leopards’ can win league title

The newly appointed coach says Ingwe will not give up in their quest to clinch a double - the league and GOtv Cup- after taking over from axed Luc Eymael
By Otieno Otieno

AFC Leopards’ stand-in coach James Nandwa has vowed to fight for premiership title despite the team lying nine points behind leaders and rivals Gor Mahia.

The Harambee Stars assistant, maintains Ingwe stand a realistic chance of lifting the crown and will strive to win remaining six fixtures against – KCB (Nyayo), Muhoroni Youth (Nyayo), Karuturi Sports (Mumias), Sony (Awendo), Bandari (Mbaraki), Kakamega Homeboyz – to achieve the fete.

“We should stop looking at the gap between us and Gor Mahia and concentrate on winning our matches. We still have an opportunity to clinch title because the leading pack led by Gor Mahia have tough fixtures lined up,” Nandwa told Goal after being unveiled on Wednesday.

“We must focus on our fixtures and perform well. We need maximum points from six matches…and who knows anything can happen. I always trust in whatever I strive to achieve and to me anything is possible. We cannot give up now and say Gor Mahia have won the league because they are topping table.

“We must work hard and catch up with them (Gor Mahia) and I know it is very possible. Furthermore, if we give up now…then Gor Mahia should be crowned champions because we don’t want to compete,” added Nandwa, who takes over reigns at the den from sacked Belgian Luc Eymael.

Nandwa, who will be assisted by Mickey ‘T9’ Weche, said he was ready to take up the hot seat at Ingwe and promised to deliver GOtv Shield Cup at end of the season.

“We have the league in sight and also are in contention for GOtv Shield Cup. Everybody knows that to represent Kenya in continental football next season GOtv Shield is an avenue to use.

“We will use that avenue properly and make sure that we lift the trophy. AFC Leopards’ have a good squad capable of challenging for trophies and we will strive to get something.

“We have Chemelil Sugar coming up on Saturday and that is our main focus now. They have a good record against AFC Leopards…no doubt but we want to break that jinx.”

The former Tusker FC, Karuturi Sports and Rangers FC coach said he was satisfied with terms spelled out in his contract by the club led by chairman Allan Kasavuli.

Nandwa was appointed on Tuesday after the entire technical bench led by Eymael was shown the door for alleged poor results. Nandwa’s first assignment will be a tricky fixture against Chemelil Sugar at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru, on Saturday.