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Leopards, Homeboyz Out To Topple Gor, Play Everton

Marcelas Ingotsi (2nd R) hugs keeper Ian Otieno as teammates celebrate AFC Leopards SC victory in the SportPesa Super Cup semi finals. PHOTO/Jane Njoroge
Marcelas Ingotsi (2nd R) hugs keeper Ian Otieno as teammates celebrate AFC Leopards SC victory in the SportPesa Super Cup semi finals. PHOTO/Jane Njoroge
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NAIROBI, Kenya- Domestic cup holders, AFC Leopards SC and Kakamega Homeboyz FC have set sights on toppling champions, Gor Mahia FC from the SportPesa Super Cup throne and live their dream of playing Everton FC.

K’Ogalo outclassed Leopards to claim the inaugural Super Cup last year in Dar-es-Salaam and will put their title on the line in the second edition of the annual regional tournament in Nairobi from June 3 to 10.

Leopards chairman, Dan Mule, admitted to sadness his club has been denied the chance to play English opposition twice by the old enemy Gor.

“We will not accept a third defeat from Gor. We are targeting their scalp,” Mule cautioned.

“They should know that we are coming for revenge. We have talked to our coach and the players and all have agreed to go past their limits in this competition,” Mule remarked.

His team lost out on penalties on Labour Day at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru in a Mashemeji Derby dubbed #HullCityChallenge where Gor clinched the chance to play the Tigers in Nairobi last Sunday.

Last year, K’Ogalo pushed Everton close in Dar before a late goal sunk them 1-2.

Club history

Homeboyz who are one of the three new entrants to the competition alongside fellow SportPesa Premier League outfit, Kariobangi Sharks FC and Jeshi la Kujenga Uchumi from Zanzibar; are inspired to use the Super Cup platform to make club history.

“It will be the first time that we will be playing a team from outside the country since our club was formed in 2010 if we go on to win.

“Winning this event will be a great honour to our players who have never crossed the borders even to Uganda, with exception being Allan Wanga and James Situma,” Homeboyz chairman, Cleophas Shimanyula, told SportPesa News.

“We are a self-sponsored community club that has so many financial challenges in the league. We will use this experience to market the team and players in order to attract corporate and well-wishers who can give us support,” Shimanyula, the Kakamega based businessman in the transport industry, underlined.

The team chief declared their wish to meet with Gor in the 2018 Super Cup where he declared the SPN winners should brace for a tough fight.

In their seven encounters with K’Ogalo, Homeboyz have lost thrice with the other four ending in draws.

“Gor will know we are a force to reckon with. We will leave nothing on the pitch if we play them,” Shimanyula warned.

“There is plenty of talent at the grassroots where we come from, the only problem is exposure. Nothing is stopping now that we have the platform to showcase our abilities.

“This competition will be a good outing for us,” stressed Shimanyula who added that they will use the occasion to test six new players they are keen to sign ahead of SPL second leg.

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