Kitenge will partner with tournament's top scorer, Vincent Oburu upfront while Michael Kibwage, Dennis Shikayi, Joshua Mawira and Robinson Kamura will man the defence. Oburu is leading the chart with five goals but he is followed closely by four players, all with four.
Young defender Michael Kibwage will also start his first match this season while defensive midfielder Musa Mudde is benched.
AFC Leopards’ starting XI: Gabriel Andika, Michael Kibwage, Dennis Shikayi, Joshua Mawira, Robinson Kamura, Duncan Otieno, Aziz Okaka, Victor Majid, Keziron Kizito, Vincent Oburu, Alexis Kitenge.
Subs: Edwin Mukolwe, Musa Mudde, Haroun Nyakha, Samuel Ndung'u, Ramadhan Yakub, Raymond Omondi, Marcellus Ingotsi.