FKF CUP: AFC Leopards eye Compel FC scalp as Kariobangi Sharks face tricky SS Assad

FKF CUP: AFC Leopards eye Compel FC scalp as Kariobangi Sharks face tricky SS Assad

Mark Kinyanjui 08:00 - 28.04.2024

Leopards face third tier outfit Compel FC hoping to make the FKF Cup semis with an eye on next-season's CAF Confederation Cup.

AFC Leopards are gearing up to face third-tier outfit Compel FC this Sunday with aspirations of securing a spot in the semi-finals of the FKF Cup for the second consecutive season.

Their recent loss to rivals Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji derby, where they succumbed to a 1-0 defeat, has left them eager to redeem themselves in the upcoming cup fixture. 

Despite Gor Mahia playing with a numerical disadvantage for a significant portion of the match, a goal by former Ingwe midfielder Austin Odhiambo sealed their fate.

The defeat drew criticism from club fans, prompting head coach Tomas Trucha and some players to come under scrutiny for their performance.

 However, Trucha remains determined to rally his team for success in the FKF Cup, recognizing the significance of securing a CAF Confederation Cup ticket for next year.

Trucha emphasized the importance of learning from their derby loss and maintaining focus on their ultimate goal. 

"It's not just about winning the cup, but also about earning a spot in the Caf Confederation Cup, so we need to learn from the Mashemeji derby," he stated, expressing confidence in his team's ability to bounce back.

While Ingwe's last triumph in the FKF Cup dates back to 2017, they have displayed commendable form this season, with only two losses to Tusker and Gor Mahia, and victories in their other matches propelling them to eighth place in the league table.

On the other side, Compel SC head coach George Mutimba is unfazed by the challenge of facing AFC Leopards and is determined to make history by guiding his team to victory. 

Mutimba emphasized his players' desire to etch their names in history as the first third-tier team to represent Kenya in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Acknowledging the disparity in league positions and resources between the two teams, Mutimba outlined his tactical approach, focusing on exploiting opportunities and remaining aggressive throughout the match.

 "Leopards are above us in almost everything... It won’t be a walk in the park but I urge my players to be firm and capitalize on each chance they will manage to create," he commented to Mozzart Sport, highlighting the importance of seizing every opportunity.

In the other quarter final clash, NSL side SS Assad will be facing Karionangi Sharks, eyeing the fourth semi-final ticket.

Sharks want to make amends for their disappointing finish last season, where they lost 6-0 at this stage to Kakamega Homeboyz. They last won the trophy in 2018.

So far, both KCB and Police are already 180 minutes away from potentially clinching the trophy, and whoever wins Sunday’s games will be joining both teams at that stage

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