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Sharks prey on Leopards at Kasarani as Tusker host Mathare United

Last updated 10 months ago | By Gilbert Wandera

Kariobangi Sharks' Shaphan Oyugi (left) and Chrispinus Onyango of KCB during SportPesa Shield semi finals at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Sunday, May 12, 2019. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]

Kariobangi Sharks coach William Muluya wants to keep his team’s good run against AFC Leopards when the two sides battle at Kasarani Stadium tomorrow.

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Since earning a promotion to the top league three years ago, Kariobangi Sharks have never lost to Leopards in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match and have won twice in six meetings with the rest ending in draws.

Tomorrow’s match is among high octane matches lined up for this weekend and teams will be keen to turn around some negative results picked in the first leg.

While Kariobangi Sharks drew their first match against Western Stima 1-1, AFC Leopards lost 0-1 to Kakamega Homeboyz.

Muluya said: “It is no doubt an exciting match as no team will opt to defend. The best thing for us is that we have never lost to AFC Leopards in the league.

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“The record continues this weekend but we have to be mentally prepared to ensure that we are able to hold on after we take the lead.”

Muluya says his side should have easily won the first match against Western Stima if they had the mental strength to hold onto the lead. But he believes poor officiating cost them.

“We had two minutes to win the match against Stima, but lacked the mental strength to maintain it. There was also a simple misjudgement by the match officials and that may have cost us,” he said.

Muluya once again said his side wants to gun for the title this season, and believes they have what it takes.

“This year, we want to aim for something different and that is the league title. There are 16 matches remaining in the first league and another 17 in the second leg. Any 10 wins in the first leg and we will have set ourselves the standards required to fight for the title.”

Tusker are keen to rise from their 5-2 loss to Gor Mahia in the opening match of the season, as they host Mathare United at Ruaraka Stadium today.

It was the worst start to the season for the brewers who lost by a similar margin to Nzoia Sugar at the beginning of the 2017 season.

Despite the loss, Tusker can draw some positives to apply in today’s fixture. First, they should be glad to have Boniface Muchiri in top form. The Harambee Stars midfielder looks set to have a great season and scored two goals in the season opener.

Mathare United are unbeaten in their last six home games.