In Summary
  • Ingwe requires a strong financial base, it cannot forever survive on handouts from politicians and well -wishers.
  • Ingwe’s fan base, if motivated to attend matches, can generate revenue to finance the team through gate collections.

Until we beat Posta Rangers 2-0, it had taken AFC Leopards 15 competitive matches to register a win in the Kenyan Premier League, the goals coming from spot kicks.

Our strikers aren’t ‘sick for goal’ since before Sunday’s fixture against Nzoia Sugar, we had scored only three goals in the league from open play - against Sofapaka and Kariobangi Sharks.

The goals were scored by midfielders Marvin Nabwire Omondi and Aziz Okaka and one by a defender, Robinson Kamura.

In the process, we conceded six goals from open play, and this raises a big question about fielding.

For the first past three years, defence has been our main undoing, allowing nondescript teams like Homeboyz, Western Stima, Kariobangi Sharks and Bandari to make AFC Leopards their ‘customers’ or their ‘donors’.

This brings us to a fundamental question of recruitment of our playing unit and the technical bench. Our strikers are poor in challenging defenders in one-on-one situations. They must work on dribbling around defenders and throwing moves at full speed.

Feeling comfortable on both legs greatly increases the options available for a player, as good defenders will punish strikers who only have one side of the field to use.

High turnover of coaches

Ingwe has one of the highest turn-over of players in KPL. Leopards have had scores of West African imports who come in injured, play one match then remain on the bench for rest of the season.

For example, last year we had the likes of Henry Uche, Eric Bekoe, and Prince Arkoh who did completely nothing for the team, yet we understand that a number of officials hired them on an agreement that they would share with them their signing free!

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