Aussems thinking of next season as Leopards falter in title race

Aussems thinking of next season as Leopards falter in title race

AFC Leopards’ only hopes of bagging a silverware this season are over, going by the sentiments of head coach Patrick Aussems following Friday’s 2-0 loss to leaders Tusker FC at the Thika Stadium.

Aussems has stated that the 12-time league champions will now be using their eight remaining matches to sharpen their claws for the 2021-2022 season.

With the loss condemning Ingwe to a whopping 11 points behind the Brewers who have gannered 54, the chasing mission now appears almost impossible for Aussems who is however is determined to finish the campaign strongly.

“You know as I told you, we are still now with eight matches to play and now we will use them to prepare for next season but we also need to play our games at 100%. Sometimes when you miss one, two or three players it’s not a problem but when you miss more than a team then it becomes more difficult,” Aussems said.

Leopards missed 12 key players in the Friday clash, some of whom are injured, others being out of contract while Austin Odhiambo, Lewis Bandi and Marvin Nabwire are in Ethiopia with the Kenya U-23 national football team Emerging Stars.

According to Aussems, it’s very difficult to cope without such a number although he was pleased with the performance of the available players.

“I told you before the game that without 12 players I was a little bit excited to see how my players will play. To be honest we had a good performance and had a lot of opportunities though we did not utilise them unlike them (Tusker) who had two opportunities and scored two,” Aussems concluded.

Tusker’s closest challengers are KCB, are five points ahead of Ingwe at third on 43 points.