Zapata chasing first win in Nakumatt clash


Zapata chasing first win in Nakumatt clash
AFC Leopards SC coach Rodolfo Zapata consoles goalkeeper Ezekiel Owade after conceding a goal against Gor Mahia FC during their Hull City Challenge Mashemeji derby match at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 01, 2018. Photo/Sila Kiplagat/Sportpicha.

In Summary

  • AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata wants to break the jinx of failing to win since taking over the 12-time champions in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) this weekend.
  • Bottom rocked Nakumatt FC should be the casualty, if  his desire will indeed come to pass
  • Leopards are currently fifth on the log with 21 points from 14 matches, nine off leaders and eternal rivals Gor.

AFC Leopards head coach Rodolfo Zapata wants to break the jinx of failing to win since taking over the 12-time champions in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) this weekend.

Under his short tenure, Leopards has recorded two draws, against Gor Mahia and Chemelil Sugar in a Hull City Challenge and League respectively.

Bottom rocked Nakumatt FC should be the casualty, if  his desire will indeed come to pass, in the Saturday clash at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos from 4:15 pm.

The Argentine said he will be injecting an offensive philosophy of 4-1-4- 1 as he begins life without his predecessor Dennis Kitambi, who jets out to Tanzania this weekend before linking up with Stewart Hall in Bangladesh.

“We are going to play with a winning attitude. We have to create chances  and attacking with zeal, avoiding conceding as we have done in our last two matches.

“My philosophy will soon sink, I’m instilling that winning mentality,” Zapata said.

His ambition is to win the league, but has reservations having taken over a side that has already played fourteen matches.

“Everybody wants to win, I also want , but we need to be realistic. We almost going for the mid season break and there is a lot to rectify before we start dancing in the trophy direction,” noted the former Gaborone United (Botswana) coach.

Rodolfo has also already submitted to the management that there will be areas he will need to strengthen once the transfer window opens.

He has however expressed confidence with the ‘young squad’ he is managing, saying with proper direction, can prove lethal in the league.

Leopards are currently fifth on the log with 21 points from 14 matches, nine off leaders and eternal rivals Gor.

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