Ingwe is out to kill all, Minnaert thunders


AFC Leopards SC coach Ivan Jacky Minnaert applauds during their SportPesa Premier League encounter against ...
AFC Leopards SC coach Ivan Jacky Minnaert applauds during their SportPesa Premier League encounter against archrivals Gor Mahia at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on March 06, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

New AFC Leopards head coach, Ivan Minnaert has said his club is in for the kill after masterminding a morale boosting 1-0 win over champions and archenemies, Gor Mahia in Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby that sent his side to the summit of the log.

It was the Belgian’s only second match in charge after joining the club from Rwandese giants Rayon Sport and speaking after Congolese substitute, Lamine Diallo, netted the all important goal in the 83rd minute, Minnaert promised the end of K’Ogalo’s reign as the champions of the SportPesa Premier League.

Meanwhile, irate Gor fans forced the team to barricaded in the dressing room by security as they vocally demanded an explanation into their plummeting fortunes after Leopards snapped their unbeaten 35-match winning streak that left them without victory in four and stuck in 12th place on three points.

K’Ogalo head coach, Frank Nuttall and his technical bench refused to speak to the press after the bitter defeat that plunged their flagging title-defence into a full blown crisis.

“It is important to win this game. The tactic was to use speed and the goal we scored came from speed in the flanks. We are going to see, every match we are going to take the same philosophy, we are warriors, we are Leopard warriors so we will go and kill the rest.

“Going ahead, we are going to win every week. We are trying to make warriors of my team; I’m a warrior, so they need to be warriors. We are there; we are going to fight to be on top every week.

Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards fans make fun of each ahead of their Sportpesa Premier League clash at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on March 06, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com
Gor Mahia FC and AFC Leopards fans make fun of each ahead of their Sportpesa Premier League clash at the Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani on March 06, 2016. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

“All the teams I have managed have been top in their countries. Today, is very important to win because they were unbeaten for 35 games, we have beaten them and its up to every team to beat us,” the Belgian roared after the frenetic, often physical game.

As the Ingwe Den erupted into celebrations, K’Ogalo’s camp was in disarray as security officers were forced to rush Nutall and his players to the dressing rooms at the bowels of the sporting complex after enraged fans turned hostile.

The Scottish boss only spoke to broadcast partners, SuperSport before declining any further interviews with the team still locked up at their dressing room by the time of going to press.

 

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