AFC Leopards provide injury update on captain ahead of Sofapaka clash

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FKFPL AFC Leopards provide injury update on captain ahead of Sofapaka clash

Festus Chuma 11:19 - 23.11.2023

Ingwe captain Munene nears return from injury as team gears up for crucial Sofapaka clash.

AFC Leopards captain Washington Munene is on the road to recovery after a month-long battle with an ankle injury sustained during a Football Kenya Federation Premier League (FKFPL) match against Bandari.

Munene's absence had left fans speculating about his return, but the team has now provided a much-awaited update on their skipper's condition.

The injury setback occurred on Sunday 22 October, coinciding with head coach Tomas Trucha's return to the helm of the club, in a closely contested 1-0 encounter that ended in a loss for Ingwe.

In the subsequent weeks, AFC Leopards had been tight-lipped about Munene's expected return date, leaving supporters anxiously awaiting news on their captain's status.

In a recent statement, the club finally broke their silence, revealing that "Captain Washington Munene has already resumed training after recovering from an ankle injury."

While Munene's return to action is undoubtedly a positive development for the team, AFC Leopards has not clarified whether the captain will be available for selection in their upcoming fixture.

The uncertainty surrounding his participation leaves fans and pundits speculating about the lineup for the crucial match against Sofapaka FC.

In Munene's absence, Vincent Mahiga, formerly of Nzoia Sugar, has stepped up to fill the void at left-back.

Mahiga's performances during this period have been closely watched, and he may be called upon once again when AFC Leopards take on Nairobi City Stars on Saturday.

The pressure is on Mahiga to maintain the standard set by the captain and provide solid defensive support to the team.

In addition to Munene, AFC Leopards have been dealing with other injury concerns.

Goalkeeper Levis Opiyo, who has been nursing a knee injury, is set to resume training next week. His return will bolster the team's options in goal and provide competition for the starting spot.

Dependable winger Cliff Nyakeya has also been on the road to recovery, having recently overcome a calf muscle injury.

However, he now faces a different challenge as he recovers from a bout of malaria.

Nyakeya's absence from the lineup will be felt, but his recovery from two different setbacks shows his resilience and determination to return to peak form.

AFC Leopards' upcoming match against Sofapaka FC at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos is a crucial fixture for the team.

So far, Ingwe has faced a challenging season, managing only a single win, six draws, and four losses from their 11 matches. 

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