AFC Leopards head into the Mashemeji Derby with hopes of breaking the jinx against their archrivals Gor Mahia which stretches to more than six years.
Ingwe have not managed a win over Gor Mahia since March 2016 and heading into Sunday’s derby at Kasarani Patrick Aussems has laid out a master plan on how to engineer a win over K’Ogalo.
“There is always the time to win a game and so Gor Mahia or any other team I don’t care. My opponents are there and I know it’s a special game for a lot of people although we still don’t know the stadium that the game will be played at,” Aussems is quoted by Citizen Digital.
However key to their ambitions is striker John Mark Makwatta who was roped in on a six-month loan from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League rivals Kenya Police FC.
Since resigning for AFC Leopards in January from the law enforcers, Makwatta has been red-hot in front of goal scoring five goals in six matches for AFC Leopards.
The Belgian tactician, who demoted Makwatta to the bench in their 2-1 win over KCB on Sunday, hopes that the striker can carry his form into the 91st Mashemeji Derby.
“He came in and displayed a good performance and scored a goal and now I can say that that sets a good mood before the derby on Sunday,” Aussems said.
Reports indicate that Makwtta was drooped to the bench due to disciplinary reasons, but that is now history whith his coach refusing to divulge any details on the reason behind his benching.
“Makwatta started on the bench, I told him during the week why, but you know it’s between us for what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas guys,” Aussems acted coy.
Going into the match, Gor Mahia are better placed on the log, currently occupying fifth spot with 46 points as Ingwe come in 10th with 38 points after 27 matches.