AFC Leopards players put Kenya Police on notice ahead of FKF Cup semi-final clash

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AFC Leopards players put Kenya Police on notice ahead of FKF Cup semi-final clash

Joel Omotto 15:00 - 25.05.2024

AFC Leopards players have fired a warning to Kenya Police ahead of Sunday’s FKF Cup semi-final as they seek to end seven-year trophy drought.

AFC Leopards players have expressed their determination to secure the FKF Cup this season ahead of their semi-final clash against Kenya Police FC at Dandora Stadium on Sunday.

Leopards and Police will meet again just over a week since their last matchup in the FKF Premier League which ended 1-0 in favour of Ingwe.

However, the cup final will present different problems for either side given a final against either Kariobangi Sharks or KCB is at stake.

Leopards captain Clifton Miheso is among those who remain confident that Ingwe will go one step better than last season when they lost to eventual winners Kakamega Homeboyz in the semi-final.

“Tomorrow’s semi-final match against Police FC is a pivotal moment for our team this season. We have worked hard to get to this point and need to bring our best game and give everything we’ve got on the field,” Miheso said, as per the club’s website.

“Every player is fully committed to giving their best performance, and we are ready to face the challenge head-on. To our amazing fans, your support means the world to us. Your energy and encouragement drive us forward, especially in critical matches like this one. We need you to stand with us, cheer us, and believe in us as we fight for victory.”

Striker Arthur Gitego, who is the leading scorer in the competition with five goals, knows the task ahead will not be easy but is banking on his side’s quality nonetheless.

“We are all dependent on the result of this match and as players, we are working hard and ready to conquer to reach the final and to bring the Cup to Den. It will be a difficult game because we are playing against a team with quality players. To our fans, kindly turn up in numbers and support the boys,” said the Rwandan striker.

Besides the trophy, winners of the competition will secure continental football as they will be Kenya’s representatives to the CAF Confederation Cup next season.

Ingwe are seeking to end their seven-year wait for silverware, since winning this very trophy in 2017, and it would complete a great turnaround for their season after a difficult first half of the 2023-24 campaign.

Leopards already have an edge over Kenya Police this season, having managed a 2-2 draw in September, when both teams were going through a rough patch, before winning 1-0 on May 15, which ended the law enforcers’ 16-match unbeaten run.