After falling to a controversial 2-1 defeat away to Tusker in the Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday, AFC Leopards are keen to put behind their disappointment.
Deogracious Ojok struck at death to undo the work done by Ingwe who had rallied from a 1-0 half time deficit to look set for a draw against the defending champions whose winning goal was hotly contested on grounds on being offside.
The defeat at Kasarani condemned the 1998 Kenyan Premier League champions to their first loss in 12 matches, a fine run of form that head coach Patrick Aussems had held dearly but has now chosen to let by gones be by gones.
The Belgian tactician cannot wait for next season after hinting at a potential title challenge in the 2022/23 campaign with the hope of AFC Leopards’ league drought that spans to over two decided.
“And we are now to prepare also for next season though it is a shame that the 12 matches unbeaten run has been stopped but now we should also aim to win the last games we are remaining with for this season,” he said.
Owing to the turbulent times at the club notably dry financial taps, transfer ban and mass exodus of key players, AFC Leopards start to the season was just as bumpy as their situation of the pitch but Aussems has slowly managed to steady the ship.
Ingwe are now one of the teams that are enjoying a fine run as the season enters homestretch and the former Simba coach believes his players have done a commendable job.
“It’s like that, now we will keep working as I told you that we have made a good run. We have produced a good piece of football and I think that the fans are happy so far,” the Belgian said.
AFC Leopards are 10th on the standings with 35 points, seven games to the end of the season, and their next two games are against KCB and Gor Mahia.