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Leopards lag behind in title race

20 May 2014, 10:14

Nairobi - Participation in the East and Central African Championship (CECAFA) Nile Basin and the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations 2015 qualifiers will see former Kenya Premier League (KPL) champions, AFC Leopards, playing catch-up with the rest of the teams in the domestic Premiership.

The CECAFA Nile Basin kicks-off on Thursday and ends on the weekend before Kenya's Harambee Stars clash with Comoros in the second leg of the CAF Nations qualification encounter, a week which Leopards will be not active again.

Already, Leopards, who this season are performing poorly, lie 12th on the league log standing with 11 games played to date while the rest of the teams in the KPL have featured in 12 matches.

Leopards' absence in both Wednesday and Thursday's league encounters would mean that the former champions would have been left behind by two games, a development that will put them under relentless pressure to clear the backlog.

Complicating matters, Leopards are now under the guidance of a new coach and thus the side might find it difficult to adjust to the new style.

The team has hired Dutch coach, Pieter de Jong, to resuscitate their lost pride following a chain of defeats to lowly-rated clubs as well as numerous draws.

Leopards' next premiership assignment will be after two weeks when they travel away to Thika United.

Leopards only won three, drew five, lost three matches this campaign. They have scored five goals in the 11 matches they have played this campaign.

 - CAJ News

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