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KENYA: AFC Leopards are unstoppables

[Posted 13 Mar 2012]
[By Charles Malingha]
KENYA: AFC Leopards are unstoppables

It seems there’s no stopping AFC Leopards: they are just too good for their opponents.

The 12-time Premier League champions continued their good run in the title race with yet another classy performance at the weekend. They rallied from a goal down to floor Muhoroni Youth at Nyayo National Stadium and move back to the summit of the league.

This, of course, was no surprise as coach Jan "Wepukhulu" Koops’s charges are enoying a great spell, to which the Dutchman attested.

"It is working for us," Koops said. "We are posting good results in every match and that gives us the confidence we need in our title chase.

"We have a good system that’s doing very well. How we like to play, what to do and how to do it. Once we enjoy the possession and allow the ball to flow, it comes out just right."

International striker Allan Wanga’s display has been superb. His equaliser against Muhoroni was the game-changer, suddenly wiping out the visitors’ confidence.

Pulled out of position

Muhoroni centre-back Paul Odungo, tasked with the heavy responsibility of marking Wanga, had a torrid afternoon as he was often pulled out of position by the lethal forward.

"It is great joy to score," Wanga said. "The ball just fell on my foot and I couldn’t but feel a sense of greatness to see it roll into the goal. The cheers were deafening."

The key to the Leopards’ good season is their winning mentality. They initially looked dreary and even had the luxury of conceding first (in the 17th minute) but as the match wore on so did they wear out their opponents.

Muhoroni Youth had run out of ideas. The occasional runs on the flanks by James Okulo and David Ombati were suddenly missing. Gradus Ooko at goal wasn’t marshalling the back four either.

Western Stima, on the back of a draw against Thika United, tackled KCB at Nairobi City Stadium. And it was the visitors who left the ground with a smile after a 2-0 win.

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