AFC Leopards have perhaps offered the biggest motivation for head coach Cassa Andre Mbungo ahead of the eagerly anticipated Mashemeji Derby, a clash against arch rivals Gor Mahia, with the offer of an improved deal.
On Saturday 18 May, in under 24 hours to the clash at Moi International Sports Center (MISC), Kasarani, the Rwandese tactician has agreed to a new two year deal, which should keep him at The Den until the end of the 2021 Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season.
Mbungo, who joined AFC Leopards in February, was handed an 18 – month deal upon arrival but after a string of promising results, Soka understands that the initial deal has more or less been wiped away and a new one tabled. To which he has agreed.
Upon his arrival in February, Mbungo took up a disjointed Leopards side and lost each one of the opening five matches before stabilizing the side and has gone on to engineer eight wins in a run that has lifted Ingwe from the low reaches of the KPL log.
Loss to Gor Mahia
Among the first matches he had to lead Leopards to, was against arch rivals Gor Mahia, which ended in a 0 – 2 loss at Kasarani. With the new deal, Leopards will hope he carries the zeal to the game against Gor Mahia on Sunday 19 May, and guide the side to a win.
The new deal is also thought to be a deliberate move to fend off interest from Tanzanian side Singida United FC.