Mbungo: Pre-season loss to Wazito helped us shape up for the league meeting

Andrew Cassa Mbungo’s AFC Leopards earned themselves their first set of three points at the expense of matchday hosts Wazito FC at the Bukhungu Stadium on Saturday 21st- a 1-0 win served by new signing John Mark Makwatta. Having drawn their last encounter- and lost their season opener, this was welcome news to Mbungo- the Burundian tactician at the helm of Leopards.

He says he had done his homework on Wazito- a side that beat him 1-0 in the pre-season friendly matches and even went a mile further by analyzing their system of play in their opening two matches against Nzoia Sugar and Western Stima FC.

”I give thanks to God. It all goes back to Him. Today’s game was good, the first one we lost right here, the second we shared the spoils with Kariobangi Sharks and today we have won. We planned well,” says Mbungo, happy that he has some retribution back.

”This is a team that beat us in the pre-season and I studied them. I also went back to their opening two matches and it has helped us get the three points. We will have to continue working hard.”

Ingwe duly controlled last evening’s proceedings especially in the first half but found the sturdy center-back pairing of Johnstone Omurwa and Bernard Ochieng too stubborn to break. Coach Mbungo noted this and adjusted a few strings for the second half.

Leopards line up for a past action [IMAGE- Fabian Odhiambo]

”We had a lot of possession especially in the first half but we were not getting into the box so I told them that we need to get good numbers into the box,” he adds.

The matchwinner came through Makwatta’s penalty late in the game after a handball in the box, and gives much confidence to the side that next hosts Chemelil Sugar FC at the Machakos County Stadium on September 29th. They, however, are not underrating any team in the league.

”Every match is tough and we will go for victory in every single one of them. I believe with God everything is possible,” concludes Mbungo.

Leopards ascend to position 8 on the Kenyan Premier League table standings pending the conclusion of Week 3 encounters set to be held today- Sunday 22nd.

Featured Image- Courtesy Wazito FC