James Situma comes up against his former side AFC Leopards on Sunday 5 May when Mathare United travels to Kakamega for a Round 28 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) fixture.
Despite comfortably bagging the first leg spoils by a 2-0 margin, the defender knows how much Leopards have changed over the past few matches and today’s clash offers a completely different challenge.
”They have improved a lot so we will be facing a different team. We have done well against teams that are enjoying a good run so we definitely want to continue with that,” Situma tells the club’s official portal, adding that they will also be in need of the spoils at stake.
“We also don’t want to drop points so we will try stick to our game plan as much as possible.”
With his immediate station before the Mathare move having been Kakamega Homeboyz, Bukhungu Stadium is familiar territory for the former Kenyan International and he praises the surface that will host today’s battle.
”The surface is also good which favours our style of play. It’s going to be an exciting game of two teams that play attacking football,” adds Situma.
Leopards have won three of their last five matches, drawing the other two and their form has been largely attributed to the mid-season inclusion of Internationals Paul Were and David Ochieng.
Situma notes this but opts to focus on handling Ingwe as a team generally rather than single out a few players.
”He (Were) is a very good player and his statistics speak volumes about his contribution to the team in attack. However, our focus is what they can do collectively as a team and not individuals. We are prepared for a tough match just like in the first leg,” he concludes.
Mathare’s first leg goals against Ingwe came through Tyson Otieno and Ronald Reagan. The slumboys’ last outing at the Bukhungu stadium was a gallant 2-2 draw against hosts Vihiga United. They had to come from two goals behind cancel out the scores.