Zapata Believes that Ingwe are Headed the Right Direction Despite Recent Setbacks

AFC Leopards coach Rodolfo Zapata has full belief in  his squad despite their recent exit from the SportPesa Super Cup tournament that enters the semi final stageon Thursday afternoon.

The Argentine who took over reigns at the Den a month ago believes that his young squad will sooner rather than later begin posting good results that the fans are demanding.

Tuesday’s 4-2 penalty loss to Tanzania Premier League side Singida United was another low for the 12-time champions who recently also lost in a similar way to current League champions Gor Mahia in the Hull City challenge.

Zapata, who has coached in Botswana and Nigeria before believes that they had a little bit of tough luck in their recent knock out matches but soon, this will be a thing of the past.

‘The main factor in a penalty shootout is technique. Also stay calm and focused, but luck plays the largest role.’

Against Singida, the current Shield champions missed three spot kicks with the Tanzanians missing only one. It is to that effect that the best side lost on Tuesday.

‘Three issues stand out in trying to understand what is happening with penalty shootout.  First is technique, the second is the mind-set of the players. But the biggest thing you need is luck. All of them are inter-related. Penalties don’t necessarily mean the best team is victorious.’

The Leopards will now be aiming at strengthening their blunt attack and shaky defence in readiness for the second leg of the Kenyan Premier League that has already started.



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