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Ingwe eye next round with Madagascan opponents set to arrive for CAF tie

Fosa Juniors FC of Madagascar are due in the country tomorrow for the CAF Confederations Cup preliminary first leg match against Kenya’s representatives AFC Leopards at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega on Sunday. Leopards chairman Dan Mule, who is privy to Fosa Juniors itinerary, says the visitors are scheduled to land in Nairobi at around 8.30am and will be airlifted to Kisumu from where they will connect to Kakamega.

Fosa Juniors, who together with CNaPS, and RTS Jet Mada, are among the leading Malagasy clubs, are participating in the continental event by virtue of having won the Madagascar Cup which is an equivalent of Kenya’s GOtv Cup whose reigning champions are Leopards.

“The team should ensure they beat FOSA Juniors home and away and look beyond the preliminary stage. It’s a tricky test considering that Malagasy teams are strong but I think navigating through to the group stages is possible,”said Mule, while calling upon Leopards’ fans to turn out in large numbers. Leopards have just completed a team-building exercise at Ole Polos in Kajiado and will be going into the match buoyed by a 4-2 win over Sudanese side Al Hilal in a friendly played on Sunday.

The weekend match will give an opportunity to Leopards coach Robert Matano to test some of the team’s new players including Nigerian Henruy Uche, Prince Arkoh of Ghanba, Ugandan Baker Lukooya, Ezekiel Odera and Ezekiel Otuoma.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia deputy secretary Ronald Ngala has urged the team to replicate their perfect start in the Kenyan Premier League during the Africa Champions League match against Leones Vegeterarianos of Equatorial Guinea in Machakos on Saturday.

Gor made a dream start in the KPL last weekend by thumping Nakumatt 4-0 and this is what Ngala wants the team to repeat against the Equatorial Guineans to make the return match in Malabo a mere formality. “Go out there and pump in goals as you did on Saturday to make the return match easier,” Ngala told the team.

Gor treasurer Sally Bolo believes playing in Machakos is good riddance for the club in terms of saving on expenses as compared to playing elsewhere. “Machakos Stadium is appropriate because we will reduce our expense at this time when things are hard financially. It would have cost the club a Sh1 million to play in Kisumu and it is much lesser in Machakos,” she said.

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