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AFC Leopards new signings impress in KCB friendly

By VINCENT OPIYO
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Newly signed Zimbabwean striker Michelle Katsavairo gave AFC Leopards fans a glimpse of what to expect in the upcoming season as he scored in the 2-0 win over Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in a preseason friendly at the Kenya Technical Trainers College, Gigiri on Saturday.

Katsavairo, who was signed from Singida United after his loan deal from South African giants Kaizer Chiefs lapsed, doubled his side’s lead five minutes to the final whistle after being played through by Jafari Owiti.

While Katsavairo was on target, another new signing Eric Ndayishimiye, who joined from Rayon Sports, was impressive in goal keeping a clean sheet.

Kenya Under-23 international winger Owiti had opened the scoring in the first half to leave the bankers chasing the game as Harambee Stars coach Sebastien Migne watched from the sidelines.

Leopards coach Nikola Kavazovic trusted Rwandese goalkeeper Ndayishimiye in between the sticks with Robinson Kamura partnering Ghanaian Isaac Oduro at the heart of defence.

Isaac Kipyegon, acquired from Zoo Kericho, manned the left back position with Dennis Sikhayi operating on the right before paving way for another Kenya U23 international Yusuf Mainge in the second half.

Said Tsuma and Edward Seda operated in the midfield that also had Saad Musa while Eugene Mukangula and Owiti started on the flanks.

KCB, coached by Frank Ouna and Ezekiel Akwana, had Zamu Adisa in goal as Dennis Orenge and Nichodemus Onyango provided cover. Bolton Omwenga, another new signing from Kariobangi Sharks, occupied the left back position with Tanzanian Jamal Mwambeleko on the offensive left as Chris Onyango attacked from the right flank.

Leopards open the 2018/19 SportPesa Premier League season against Kariobangi Sharks on December 8 while KCB, who returned to the top flight after a three year hiatus, visit Kakamega Homeboyz away.

Ingwe’s Serbian coach Nikola Kavazovic was happy with the result but came short of declaring Ingwe title contenders in the 2018/19 season.

“I don’t know about other teams therefore I can’t speak about competing for the title against teams that I don’t know, but we are progressing on well with our preparations,” he said.