AFC Leopards out to find lost claws against wounded Posta Rangers

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AFC Leopards out to find lost claws against wounded Posta Rangers

Joel Omotto 07:50 - 14.04.2024

AFC Leopards are seeking a return to winning ways against out of form Posta Rangers who are keen to bounce back under new coach.

AFC Leopards will go in search of their first win in three matches after seeing their perfect start to the year slowed down in their last two league matches.

Leopards had been on an eight-match unbeaten run, winning seven and drawing one, until March 10 when Tusker FC brought them back to earth with a 1-0 win just before the international break.

Ingwe returned and won 1-0 against Shabana in the FKF Cup but were pegged back by Sofapaka last weekend when they draw 1-1 to slow their momentum up the table.

Leopards had been stuck on eighth place on the table even before the defeat to Tusker but would be in the top five had they won their last two league games.

It therefore leaves Tomas Trucha and his charges under pressure somewhat heading into their meeting with Posta Rangers on Sunday 14, April at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.

Ingwe are helped by the fact that they are taking on a Posta Rangers side that is low on confidence after losing their last four matches.

Rangers were thrashed 3-0 by relegation-threatened Shabana last weekend, the defeat coming after 5-1 and 4-0 losses to Kariobangi Sharks and Gor Mahia respectively, having been beaten 1-0 by Kenya Police prior to that.

That has seen coach John Kamau placed on ‘compulsory leave’ with his assistant Bernard Kawinzi taking over and the new man can convince his employers that he is ready for the job if he starts with a win over Ingwe.

Posta will be facing a familiar face in defender Kennedy Owino who ditched them for Leopards in the midseason transfer window and will be keen to impress against his former employers.

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw during their last meeting in November but such a result will not be helpful to either side on Sunday.

Rangers, who have slipped from fifth to seventh place on the table, can move to 42 points, same as fifth-placed Nairobi City Stars with a win, while Leopards can narrow the gap with the mailmen to just a point, if they secure maximum points.

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