Minnaert: No Interest in Kogalo or Ex-Ingwe Players

AFC Leopards head coach, Ivan Minnaert, says the club has already started scouting for players ahead of the June transfer window, but none of them belongs to rivals Gor Mahia.

With new sponsors on board and the club looking like they could mount a serious title challenge, Minnaert is expected to have his say in the June transfer market.

Some media reports have linked the club with former player Jackson Saleh and his Gor Mahia teammate Harun Shakava but the Belgian tactician says he is not at all interested in the duo, or in any player who left the club.

Hungry lads

“We are focused in signing promising young players with 1-3 years experience in the Kenyan Premier League,” Minnaert told FourFourTwoMedia.

“We are not interested in the two players from Gor Mahia and also probably not ex-AFC Leopards players. We want young blood who are hungry to battle for the title.

“I had different talks with potential new players but we won’t start doing crazy things just because we have a sponsor. We want to bring two foreigners who I have worked with before, players I know that will give something extra in my team, players with experience in CAF competitions.”

Unbeaten run ended

Leopards were last weekend beaten 1-0 by Nairobi City Stars as their six-game unbeaten run came to an end. They host Sofapaka on Saturday, April 9 and Minnaert is upbeat his side will bounce back.

“ We have reviewed our performance from the last game and we have put a lot of effort in fixing a couple of things, notably finishing and defending set pieces.

“I have seen a lot of improvement from the players and we hope for a positive result.”

Leopards have lost only once against bottom-side Sofapaka in their last seven matches. Last season, Leopards won the first leg clash with Sofapaka 1-0 in a dramatic match that had former Ingwe striker Karim Ndungwa in goal. The return leg ended in a one-all draw.

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