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Mashemeji derby: The key players for AFC Leopards against Gor Mahia

07:07 BST 22/07/2018
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Ahead of Kenya's biggest derby on Sunday, Goal parades some of the key players that Ingwe coach Rodolfo Zapata will rely on to down K'Ogalo

  • Ezekiel Owade of AFC Leopards.

    #1 Ezekiel Owade

    The custodian has grown in confidence since getting his chance to man Ingwe goal. Jairus Adira has failed to reclaim his position. It will be Owade's first 'Mashemeji derby' and he has to ensure the pressure does not get the better of him. He has to command his line well and ensure his defense makes no silly mistakes.
  • Collins Neto (L) of Chemelil Sugar and Salim Abdallah of AFC Leopards

    #2 Abdalla Salim

    'Shittu', as he is commonly referred to, defends with ambition and zeal. He is ready to commit 100% just to protect his goalkeeper and team from conceding. His never die attitude is what differentiates him from the rest. He will have to be physical enough to stop the ruthless K'Ogalo attack. 
  • Victor Ashinga of Mathare United v Victor Majid of AFC Leopards.

    #3 Victor Majid

    With Duncan Otieno suspended, Majid is a guaranteed replacement in the midfield for Ingwe. He is not scared of tackling or challenging the opponent. One thing about Majid is his ability to track back and provide cover for the back four. It will be his task to ensure the defense is balanced and that there is a perfect build up from defense to attack. 
  • Whyvonne Isuza of AFC Leopards v Cecirdy Okeyo of Gor Mahia.

    #4 Whyvonne Isuza

    After sitting out last weekend against Bandari due to suspension, Isuza is expected to be in the starting line-up for AFC Leopards. His pass and move tactic will be the main weapon against K'Ogalo but his main job will be to create scoring chances for his strikers. He can as well score when a chance comes his way.
  • Ezekiel Odera of AFC Leopards v Sony Sugar.

    #5 Ezekiel Odera

    The former Nairobi City Stars forward has been a revelation for Ingwe since joining them at the beginning of the year. It will be his first league derby and just like Owade, he will want to leave a mark. Known for his shot, pass and accuracy, Odera will be relied on for goals by his teammates and if he manages to click, Gor Mahia will be in trouble. 
  • Jafari Owiti of AFC Leopards v Wazito.

    #6 Jeffari Owiti

    Youngster Jeffari Owiti is one of the most effective players in Leopards team and a valuable asset as well. He lets his feet do the talking on the pitch and that has given him a starting berth time and again. He will have to be intelligent against his marker and ensure he hits the back of the net.