Baraza hopes to mete Tusker treatment on AFC Leopards

The past three match days in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) have brought the best of Chemelil Sugar as the Millers picked wins over Western Stima and Tusker, sandwiching a draw with Western Stima and with the momentum gained, head coach Francis Baraza is hoping to bag three more points against AFC Leopards.

Chemelil, who have registered 21 points so far in the season, are a point ahead of Leopards in the standings and going to the clash on Thursday 3 April they will be seeking to pile pressure on Leopards, who have largely struggled in the season.

Slay another giant

Baraza masterminded a win over Tusker on Saturday, and he is looking to slay another giant in this clash set for Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. While his team has picked eight wins, as compared to Leopards’ flour in the last 21 meetings, he refused to regard his side as favorites, or Leopards’ bogey side.

“We have been playing much better away from home and with more courage and patience. This is the same spirit will go with to AFC Leopards match. I don’t care much about history, but I know enough about preparing my players well before sending them to war,” he said.

As the team picks good form, the coach is confident that the players have gelled and is backing them for even better performances.

New phase

“The team has entered a new phase of the learning process and the players are showing more confidence and a good work rate.

“Remember most of them are first timers in the KPL. The win over Tusker and their composure and performance in the earlier two matches shows they are getting mature and learning to play with each other,” he added.

AFC Leopards woes in the season hit a new low on Sunday 31 March, when they were eliminated from the SportPesa Shield after losing to third tier side, Bungoma Superstars.