Fact file: AFC Leopards vs Mathare United
After a three weeks break, league action resumes with an enticing Round 14 fixture against 13 time Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions AFC Leopards to be played at the Nyayo Stadium on Saturday 17 June.
With both sides having endured a lackluster first leg that has left them 12th and bottom of the log respectively, redemption will certainly be top of the agenda when they lock horns starting 1500hrs EAT.
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Memories of the identical one all draws in both legs of the past campaign are still fresh in the minds of both sets of fans but a point from this tie could pass as an underachievement for either side given the load of expectation placed on them in the second leg.
Having won five out of the 16 matches between both sides, Mathare United will head into this game with a spring in their step but they have to be wary of a wounded AFC Leopards under new head coach Dorian Marin.
After losing 3-0 to nemesis Gor Mahia in the final of the Sportpesa Super Cup, the Romanian will come under a lot of pressure to deliver a win against Mathare United who are more desperate for a win to fuel their journey away from the relegation zone.
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Head coach Francis Kimanzi will draw confidence from the capture of experienced Samuel Olwande and Ronald Reagan in the June transfer window as he looks to stabilize his ship. With a decent away record against Ingwe that has seen them pick 10 points out of a possible 24, Kimanzi will fancy a win which will reinstate his status as one of the best coaches in the local topflight.
For Whyvonne Isuza, Andrew Tololwa and Robinson Kamura, it will be a sweet reunion with their former teammates at Mathare United but they will have to keep friendships aside at least for the entire 90 minutes. On the other end, Wycliffe Kasaya will return to face a side that catapulted him to higher ranks of Kenyan custodians but the same cannot be said of Edward Seda who will miss out due to injury.
Total matches played since 2009: 16
Total matches won (Mathare United): 5
Total matches lost: 4
Total matches drawn: 7
Away matches won: 2
Away matches lost: 2
Away matches drawn: 4
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