After a rather dissapointing season in the Nairobi County league, AFC Leopards Youth and in particular the U20 lads are yearning for redemption. And what better stage to do that than the KPL U20 tournament which got underway at Camp Toyoyo this past Saturday.
Leopards missed out on a promotion slot from the Nairobi County League by a point and this dissapointing finish was attributed by a terrible first leg outing where the Cubs under the stewardship of former Ingwe senior side head coach Ezekiel Akwana, lost seven matches out of twelve, winning just five with no draw in the first leg.
However with the change of command at the junior side, the Cubs enjoyed a relatively successful stint under current head coach, former Kenya international Boniface Ambani, losing only twice in the second leg of the season. The impressive results however wasn’t enough to earn them promotion.
Anyway, exit Nairobi County League, enter KPL U20, and the Cubs are more than ready to pick up from where they ended their season a month ago.
Being probably the only team which have had an U20 side actively involved in a league since last edition of the KPL U20 in August, all indications is that they won’t be settling for anything less than the championship.
Ingwe is boasting talent in its ranks including national team junior side custodian Edwin Mukolwe, and experienced fullback Tololwa, younger brother to Leopards senior Andrew Tololwa, among others.
Leopards who were eliminated in the quarters by rivals Gor Mahia in the last edition in August, take on the newly assembled Tusker FC U20 this Sunday morning. This should be an easy one for Leopards given that Tusker have had barely a week to train together.
The match is slated to kick off at 10am today. Leopards then take on Thika United on Tuesday at the same venue at 8am, before wrapping their Group campaign against Kakamega Homeboyz.
By Kevin Ray