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ASHIHUNDU: ‘Ingwe’ must soldier on despite tough derby

Monday February 11 2019

Gor Mahia forward Boniface Omondi (left) skips past AFC Leopards defender Robinson Kamura during the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on February 9, 2019. Gor won 2-0. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Gor Mahia forward Boniface Omondi (left) skips past AFC Leopards defender Robinson Kamura during the Mashemeji Derby at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani on February 9, 2019. Gor won 2-0. PHOTO | SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

JOHN ASHIHUNDU
By JOHN ASHIHUNDU
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We lost to K’Ogalo on Saturday, but all is not lost. It’s time to fully support new coach Andre Casa Mbungo as he works to improve our playing unit.

True Ingwe fans should also get behind our newly appointed ‘AFC Leopards Rescue Team’ led by Maurice Milimu Amahwa to enable them actualise their plans of reclaiming our lost glory.

With relegation hanging over our heads, this is the time unity of purpose is required from all of us. But I can guarantee our fans that Ingwe will not be relegated.

The Rwandan tactician is a great professional man ready to improve our current squad by adding a few more players in the coming transfer window.

Against Gor Mahia on Saturday, our players put up a gallant fight but failed to score goals despite dominating the second half.

I would like to remind our technical bench that starters in any crucial match are the best on the team at their respective position; a derby is a special match for Ingwe and K’Ogalo fans.

Our display was worth watching, but again I blame our technical bench for not including Vincent Oburu, Aziz Okaka and Brian Marita in the starting line up instead of Bonventure Kaheza, Way Yeka Tatuwe and Jeffery Awiti.

Also, Jairus Adira would have done better between the posts than Rwandese Eric Ndayishimiye who made several blunders. Kudos to our central defenders Robinson Kamura and Salim Abdalla for their sterling performance!

Having been a first choice player in the Kenyan Premier League for many years, Adira understands Gor Mahia players better than Ndayishimiye

I’m not too stressed out, because I believe boys are going to start winning matches and our fans will have a lot of fun in the remaining 18 matches.

After the weekend game, Mbungo promised to work on the current squad and turn our players into a more efficient unit than they currently are.

Our players are young and still learning their teammates, whereas Gor Mahia have many experienced players who have played a lot of games together.

When our players get to spend enough time with the coach, our team spirit will greatly improve.
Ingwe has a relatively new, young team and we’re going to give our coach enough time to strategise.

The weekend match was our second loss under Mbungo, but a section of fans who tried to mete out violence against our players after the match must refrain from such behaviour henceforth.

Leopards’ management must rethink their recruiting of foreign players and only sign imports from big teams who have a proven track record to deliver.

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