Matano wary as Sharks lurk on Leopards shores

Matano wary as Sharks lurk on Leopards shores
(FILE) AFC Leopards SC coach Robert Matano instructs Victor Majid during their Semi- Finals of the GOTV Shield Tournament match against Vihiga United FC at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru September 24, 2017. AFC Leopards won 1-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/

AFC Leopards Head Coach Robert Matano has warned his charges against underrating Kariobangi Sharks ahead of their GOtv Shield finals showdown in October 20.

The Leopards advanced to the finals of the Cup competition after knocking out Vihiga United in Sunday’s semis at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, joining the Sharks who sailed through via a 2-0 win over Sony Sugar.

With Ingwe languishing 12th on the amended 16-team Kenyan Premier League (KPL) log, the GOtv presents Matano’s charges with their only chance for silverware this season.

“The match was very hard because my boys fought well and I thank Alexis Kitenge for scoring the winning goal.

“My mentality in every match is to win, I don’t think about failure, that’s what we will do to win the final match,” Matano told Citizen Digital.

Their appearance in the finals will mark the first time in four years that they have made it that far in the competition having won it in 2013.

“I don’t like to concentrate on my opponents and what they’re doing. I know they’re a tough team so we have to plan well,” the former Ulinzi Stars tactician said.

The veteran tactician spared warm praise for Kitenge as the in-form Burundian striker once again found the back of the net having hit a hattrick in their 7-1 mauling of Wazito FC in the quarter-finals.

“I’m impressed by him because he is showing why he is a top player. He has not us down since we signed him so I’m ooking forward to more goals from him in the Cup final and in the remaining league matches,” Matano said.

His Sharks counterpart William Muluya is upbeat that his team will be ready in time to take on the Leopards.

“Leopards are in good form and playing so well at the moment so we have to put a lot of concentration in this final,” he said.

Striker Masoud Juma’s brace guided Sharks past Sony and Muluya will be banking on the forward to be at his firing best against Leopards in the finals.

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