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Leopards sharpen claws ahead of Confed Cup tie

AFC Leopards depart for South Africa Thursday morning ahead of their first round CAF Confederations Cup match against Supersport on Saturday.

The GOtv shield winners booked their ticket after eliminating Ethiopia Defence in the  preliminary round. Leopards won 2-0 in Nairobi and 2-1 in Addis Ababa.

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However, Ingwe have not won any Kenyan Premier League Match after drawing their opening two games since the tournament began.

AFC Leopards Organising secretary Timothy Lilumbi 26 players and four officials will accompany the team on the trip.

Coach James Nandwa is hoping that his charges would put their poor league start and defeat Supersport.

“I have confidence in my players. We’re not under pressure and I believe players will score goals that the fans are yearning for,” said Nandwa.

Fans, who will be given a special discount by national carrier Kenya Airways, will travel to Pretoria to support the team.

Meanwhile, Gor Mahia received a boost ahead of their first round Champions League match against Esperance FC of Tunisia after Kevin Omondi and Patrick Oboya returned from injury.

The two missed the matches against US Bitam in the preliminary round but are back to fitness for the match to be played at Nyayo National Stadium on Saturday.

Omondi scored a brace as Gor edged out National Super League (NSL) side Nairobi Stima 4-0 during a friendly match early in the week.

Saturday’s match will evoke memories of the 1987 final between the two teams, where Gor clinched the title on the away goal rule.