Twelve-time Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions AFC Leopards will seek to bounce back to winning ways when they travel to Mbaraki on Thursday after their 4-1 humiliation against their perennial rivals league leaders Gor Mahia in the Mashemeji derby last time out.
Ingwe head coach Andre ‘Pep’ Cassa Mbungo is determined to unleash his side’s claws at the expense of hosts Bandari who are on a two-match losing streak.
Star men midfielder Wyvonne Isuza and goal sniffer John-Mark Makwata have already joined the Ingwe camp after their exploits with the national team and the Rwanda national is upbeat.
“Ingwe is ready to face Bandari and even those players who have been with the national team have joined us as we head to Mombasa,” he opined.
Last season the two sides had their parties on home turf, Bandari hammering Ingwe 4-1 at Mbaraki in the first leg as goals from Vincent Oburu and Wyvonne Isuza masterminded a 2-1 revenge in the return leg at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos.
The Dockers head coach, Bernard Mwalala, who continues being linked with Tanzanian heavyweight Yanga is banking on home advantage to secure his fourth win of the season.
On his part, Mbungo is optimistic that delayed four-month player salaries will not take a toll on his team’s motivation.
The hosts are 11th on the KPL standings with 11 points from eight games while Leopards sit eighth with a return of 15 points from nine games.