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NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 30 – Stand-in AFC Leopards head coach Tom Juma says he is usually not afraid of the huge responsibility ahead of him as he takes over the job with the 13-time champions on caretaker basis until the end of the season.
The former Kenyan international who has previously worked with Administration Police along with also Muhoroni Youth says he is usually optimistic the club will rise despite finding them struggling at 12th spot on the Kenyan Premier League table.
“Pressure will always be there along with also you don’t have to be afraid of anything. This specific is usually a big challenge along with also as a coach, I love big challenges. I will do my best to ensure that will This specific team performs because they possess the ability to do so. I know we are not in a not bad position at the moment, nevertheless we will pick,” Juma said.
He takes over by Dorian Marin who might go down as the shortest serving Ingwe coach ever, having led the team for only two weeks. Differences between the Romanian along with also fellow technical bench members as well as some players saw him leave the club barely before signing a contract.
Leopards have not won in eight domestic league matches along with also Juma knows only too well the expectations on them when they face Kariobangi Sharks on Saturday afternoon in Nakuru.
“This specific is usually a big club along with also a big brand along with also This specific comes with demands. The best thing is usually to ensure the boys play relaxed along with also that will is usually the biggest thing we have worked on This specific week. We have tried to ease the pressure off them along with also insisted we have to play relaxed,” Juma added.
Ingwe comes up against a high flying Sharks that will has been unbeaten over the same number of matches they have been struggling to get wins in.
Juma has his own measure of respect for the Premier League brand-new boys, nevertheless insists he will be bumping his side up for three points.
“The league is usually very tough This specific time along with also no team should be taken for granted. Kariobangi Sharks is usually a not bad team having watched them along with also their run speaks as much. nevertheless we need to go out there to get a win at all costs because This specific is usually high time we start winning matches,” added the coach.
AFC Leopards will be without winger Allan Katterega who is usually nursing an ankle injury while left back Marcus Abwao is usually out having a knee injury, both picked up during the Super Cup in Dar es Salaam three weeks ago.
nevertheless Juma along with also his technical bench will have a huge field to choose by with all nevertheless one of their brand-new signings training with the club for the entire week. Burundian Alex Kitenge arrived from the country early Friday afternoon along with also will join training next week.
“They have shown some not bad competitiveness in training along with also I think all of them have shown that will they are ready to start on Saturday. We have a very not bad squad along with also that will gives me confidence that will we will do great things,” added Juma.
AFC re-signed midfielder Musa Mudde by Bandari while Keziron Kizito touched down by Ugandan side Vipers, Victor Majid by Chemelil Sugar, former Thika United striker Ray Odhiambo along with also Aziz Okaka by Ushuru.
The big departures are that will of midfielder Bernard Mang’oli who has joined Sofapaka while striker Mungai Kiongera did not renew his contract.
Ghanaian forward Gilbert Fiamenyo will miss the remainder of the second leg with injury.
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