Newly appointed AFC Leopards head coach Cassa Mbungo, a two time Rwandan Cup (Peace Cup) winner is expected to come with a change in fortunes at the struggling Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side, but he will have to see off a few hurdles as he takes one of the most unstable jobs on the land.
The club has four key men out injured as it prepares for the first game under the Rwandan, with midfielders Victor Majid, Marvin Nabwire, Said Tsuma and Ezekiel Seda all out.
The coach, who oversaw his first training session on Tuesday 5 February, will have a few more hours to assess his players before leading them against Mount Kenya United in the Wednesday game at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.
The club reports that Seda, who hurt his knee in the defeat to Bandari FC on Sunday 3 February is a confirmed absentee for the Mount Kenya United game, and he joins the trio who earlier suffered injuries, though Majid’s return is close, having started training.
Tsuma is out with an ankle injury while Nabwire is nursing an ankle injury and is set for a lengthy period out.
15th on the log
Mbungo finds the team placed 15th on the KPL log with 10 points, just three above the relegation zone after 10 matches and will be seeking to make an immediate impact.
His predecessor Marko Vasiljevic threw in the towel on Sunday after watching his side go down 1 – 4 to Bandari FC at Mbaraki Sports Club, the team’s fourth loss of the season.