The quest for the 14th league title begins today as AFC Leopards open their campaign against Kariobangi Sharks at the Machakos County Stadium.
Assistant coach Marko Vasiljevicwho arrived in the country on Saturday will take charge of the team assisted by Tom Juma and Lawrence Webo.
Robinson Kamura has been named as the club’s captain for the new season and will be assisted by Isaac Oduro.
Musa Saad (Knee)
Eric Ndayishimiye (Not yet cleared to play)
The semifinal of the FKF SportPesa Shield slated for this weekend at the Kenyatta Stadium Machakos will now be staged at the MISC Kasarani on Sunday 23rd September 2018.
Leopards were due to face Sofapaka in Machakos however, in a Communique yesterday, FKF confirmed that the match will be played at the Kasarani Stadium. The matvh will be live on free to air television Y254.
2017 runners-up Kariobangi Sharks will kick start the day against Ulinzi Stars starting 1 pm before paving way for defending champions AFC Leopards against Sofapaka at 3.15 pm.
AFC Leopards will be hoping to bounce back from the midweek defeat to Kariobangi Sharks in the Kenya Premier League and hope to reach the finals of the Shied Cup two years in a row.
Rodolfo Zapata charges sailed in to the cup semis after an easy 4-1 win over Police FC while Sofapaka saw off Tusker FC 2-1 to set up a clash with ingwe.
AFC Leopards registered a 2-1 win over Posta Rangers in a Kenyan Premier League fixture played at Kenyatta Stadium on September 15th, 2018
Brace hero Alex Orotomal put Leopards in front in the 14th minute when he rose high to head in after a fine cross from Brian Marita. Posta Rangers first real chance came in the 21st minute but skipper Jerry Santos failed to convert from close range.
It was until the 32nd minute that Postal Rangers levelled the matters from Gershon Likono who slotted past goal keeper Ezekiel Owade after a defensive lapse the Leopards defense.
The game went in to the break level with the visitors being dominant in the latter stages of the first half. In the second half Leopards were the better side and this was evident through Oburu’s 55th minute shot from outside the box which flew wide after Brian Marita beat Titus Achesa to deliver a cross that Oburu sent out.
The game looked like it was destined for a draw despite AFC Leopards dominance but Alex Orotomal grabbed his second in the 85th minute after hard work from the left flank firing a fierce shot from outside the box which the Postal Rangers shot stopper failed to deal with.
Leopards held on to win the game grabbing the maximum three points, the win ensures that Leopards cement third position on the log with 51 points from 30 rounds.
Rodolfo Zapata men will now embark on preparations for the next league match against Kariobangi Sharks on Tuesday 18th September before gearing up for the Shield Cup semifinal against Sofapaka FC 5 days later in Machakos.
AFC Leopards XI: Owade Ezekiel, Marita Brian, Lukooya Baker, Otieno Duncan, Kibwage Micheal, Tsuma Said, Isuzza Whyvonne (Mainge Yusuf.), Mukangula Eugene, Seda Edward (Mavisi Victor), Orotomal Alex, Oburu Vincent (Omondi Ray,)
Unused subs: Mukolwe Edwin, Abwao Marcus, Senaji Clyde, Majid Victor.
AFC Leopards booked their place in the semifinals of the Sportpesa Shield Cup after overcoming Nationwide side Kenya Police FC 4-1, in a match played on Saturday at the iconic Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.
Goals from Whyvonne Isuza, Ezekiel Odera, Eugene Mukangula and inform Brian Marita ensured Leopards remained on the course to defend the much coveted title.
The game started on a higher note with Leopards controlling proceedings and this was evident in 8th minute when Brian Marita's long range volley went close to opening the scoring. Seven minutes later ingwe found the opener through Whyvonne Isuza after a fine cross from Marita.
Ezekiel Odera back from a two match suspension slotted home the second goal in the 27th minute after a well chopped cross from Baker Lukooya, Eugene Mukangula then bagged the third goal a minute to the break with Marita providing the assist again.
In the second half Police FC came in the match a better side but Leopards defence proved too strong for them, Brian Marita who put a man of the match display in finally got on the score sheet with a well taken header, Isuza providing the assist this time.
Police however got the consolation goal in the 78th minute when Majid's failed clearance found its way in the back of the net, Leopards would have scored more but debutant Saad Musa missed from the spot kick after Seda was brought down in the box.
Leopards held on to win the game 4-1, a perfect performance that propelled Rodolfo Zapata men to the semi finals. They are likely to face Sofapaka or Tusker FC.
Starting X1: Owade Ezekiel (GK), Sikhayi Dennis (Okaka Aziz), Lukooya Baker, Kibwage Michael, Otieno Duncan, Tsuma Said (Seda Edward), Marita Brian, Majid Victor, Odera Ezekiel, Isuzza Whyvonne (Saad Musa), Mukangula Eugene.
Unused Subs: Adira Jairus, Oruchum Christopher, Abwao Marcus, Mainge Yusuf.
AFC Leopards suffered a 2-0 loss in the hands of arch-rivals Gor Mahia in the second leg of the Kenya Premier League match played on Saturday 25th at the MISC Kasarani.
Leopards missed a number of key faces in the fixture with Marvin Nabwire, Jaffrey Owiti, Robinson Kamura, Dennis Sikhayi, Abdalla Shittu and Moses Mburu through injury.
Gor who only needed a draw to clinch the title started strong and came close on the quarter hour mark when Cersidy Okeyo’s freekick landed on Bernard Ondiek at the back post but his header was weak, straight into keeper Ezekiel Owade’s arms.
Leopards almost got into the lead after 27 minutes when Wesley Onguso’s defensive header almost landed into his own net as he tried to clear out a cross, but the ball went over the bar.
Four minutes later, Gor broke the deadlock, Omondi hitting the back of the net with a low shot from the edge of the box. The level of happiness should have gone same in the 37th minute, but AFC missed a great chance with Isaac Oduro’s freekick from a good scoring position hitting the wall.
Two minutes late Gor won the ball in midfield though it appeared as a foul on Baker Lukooya and Karim Nizigiyimana spread it wide on the other end to Omondi who cut into the box and sliced a pass back to Ondiek beating Owade one on one.
Almost at the break, AFC had a chance to draw back level from the penalty spot after Charles Momanyi handled inside the box but midfielder Whyvonne Isuza struck wide despite sending keeper Fredrick Odhiambo the wrong way.
In the second half, AFC came strongly with head coach Rodolfo Zapata making a double change bringing on Vincent Oburu and Eugene Mukangula for Baker Lukooya and Edward Seda.
Four minutes from the restart, Mukangula swung in a cross after skipping away from Wesley Onguso on the left, but Isuza’s effort on the volley went wide.
Alex Orotomal had two shots inside the box, but both shots were saved by keeper Odhiambo.
Gor Mahia held on to win the match hence clinching the title with six games to spare.
Leopards will now look to occupy position two in the log and they next face Wazito FC on August 29th in Machakos.
Starting XI: Ezekiel Owade (GK), Yusuf Mainge, Mike Kibwage, Duncan Otieno (CPT), Isaac Oduro, Brian Marita, Said Tsuma, Ezekiel Seda, Whyvonne Isuza, Baker Lukooya and Alex Orotomal.
Subs: Jairus Adira (GK), Christopher Oruchum, Aziz Okaka, Victor Majid, Vincent Oburu, Victor Omondi and Eugene Mukangula.
Ezekiel Odera scored a brace as AFC Leopards overcame Nakumatt 4-2 in a Sportpesa Premier League match played at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday 12th August.
Coach Rodolfo Zapata named a changed starting X1 from the last outing Said Tsuma replacing the suspended Whyvonne Isuza in the midfield while defender Christopher Oruchum got his chance coming in for Salim Abdalla, Michael Kibwage was tasked to cover the right back position in the absence of Dennis Sikhayi giving room for Duncan Otieno to play at center back position.
AFC Leopards started the match on a high going ahead in the 6th minute through Jaffrey Odeny after being put through by Ezekiel Odera.Odera then added the second in the 17th minute beating Nakumatt custodian Peter Odhiambo with a low shot after a clever pass from left back Moses Mburu.He grabbed his brace just six minutes later with a well taken shot on the edge of the box after a fine cut in through pass from Owiti.
Mburu was later pulled out after he suffered an injury, Ugandan Baker Lukooya taking his place. Nakumatt pulled one back from the spot through Joe Waithira after he was brought down in the box by Ingwe custodian Ezekiel Owade.The second half started with AFC Leopards dominating the match with the 4th goal coming in the 63rd minute through Marvin Nabwire who rounded off Peter Odhiambo to make it 4-1.
Former Leopards Timonah Wanyonyi scored the second goal for Nakumatt in the 78th minute to make it 4-2.AFC brought in Eugene Mukangula for Ezekiel Seda and Vincent Oburu for brace hero Odera as Nakumatt continued to dominate. Ingwe however repulsed every attack and managed to hold on to pick the maximum points. After the result, AFC Leopards is third on the log with 45 points from 26 matches. Leopards next face Thika United at Thika municipal stadium.
AFC LEOPARDS X1: Ezekiel Owade, Moses Mburu, Kibwage Mike, Oruchum Christopher, Otieno Duncan, Marita Brian, Nabwire Marvin, Said Tsuma, Seda Edward, Odera Ezekiel, Odenyi Jaffrey
SUBS: Jairus Adira, Mainge Yusuf, Lukooya Baker, Senaji Clyde, Majid Victor, Mukangula Eugene, Vincent Oburu
Leopards overcame a resilient Mathare United 2-1 in a round 25 Sportpesa Premier League clash that was played at the Kenyatta stadium on Sunday 5th. First half goal from Whyvone Isuza and second half goal from Marvin Omondi saw AFC Leopards lead Mathare United 2-1 before Isuza was sent off in the 64th minute to bring Ingwe down to 10 men.
Ingwe were the better side and showed their dominate Francis Kimanzi's side in possession for the better part of the match. The first goal came in the 30th minute after youngster Jaffrey Odeny was brought down by James Situima in the penalty box. Whyvonne Isuza stepped forward to put the ball at the back of the net. Mathare United leveled the score through James Situma in the dying minutes of the first half after a lapse by the Leopards defense. Leopards, took control of the game for the second time at 60th minute when Marvin Nabwire put Jaffery's shot at the back of the net.
Moments later Ingwe were reduced to 10 men in the 64th minute after Whyvonne Isuza was booked for the second time for retaliation then sent off. The midfielder will be unavailable for the next league fixture. The Leopards held on to bag the three points that now takes them to 42 points joint third with Bandari but with an inferior goal difference.
Leopards will next face Nakumatt FC on 12th August at the Machakos Stadium.
Starting XI: Ezekiel Owade, Dennis Shikhayi (Said Tsuma), Moses Mburu, Abdalla Salim, Michael Kibwage, Duncan Otieno, Marvin Nabwire, Ezekiel Seda (Brian Marita,), Ezekiel Odera, Whyvonne Isuza, Jaffery Awiti.
Unused Subs: Adira Jairus, Vincent Oburu,, Victor Majid, Baker Lukooya, Alex Orotoma