NAIROBI, Kenya- AFC Leopards SC Head Coach, Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano has promised an overhaul at the Den once the dust settles on the 2017 SportPesa Premier League (SPL) this weekend.
Leopards beat financially struggling Chemelil Sugar FC 1-0 on Sunday but Matano rued the wasted chances his team had to register a more emphatic victory in the result that saw the GOtv Shield champions inch up to 10th on 42 points.
“We don’t have enough players to help us utilise chances we get. We don’t have a sharp attacking line and we must recruit players who will help AFC compete and not just participate as has been in the past.
“We want players who can carry the team and not the team ferrying players who don’t fight hard to achieve its targets. This is a big team with history that must be respected by any player who dons its shirt,” Matano lamented.
He singled out Burundian forward Alexis Kitenge, who joined the club on a six-month loan deal from the country’s top flight side; Athletico Olympic FC in June, for criticism after he squandered more than three clear cut chances against the Millers.
“Definitely he won’t be here next season. His quality is average. I have never seen a striker who fluffs so many chances in front of goal,” the ‘Lion’ charged.
His opposite number in the Chemelil dugout, Abdallah Juma blamed the loss that left saw them drop to 12th (39) on centre referee Zacharia Ashira.
“We are a team struggling with finance but the players accepted to play as the board sorts matters out only to be frustrated by a few individuals.
“You can’t say we don’t play well. My players are technically and tactically superb. Whichever team I have coached my players display good football but this is how people derail our hopes. Now we must win our last game at home,” said the former KCB and Leopards coach complained.
Leopards visit doomed Muhoroni Youth FC for their last game of the season with Chemelil hosting relegation-threatened Western Stima FC who must win and pray other results go their way to retain their SPL status.