Saturday, April 4, 2009

Murila's Task

Murila returns to steer ‘Ingwe’ to elusive prey

By CHARLES NYENDE Posted Thursday, April 2 2009 at 19:27

Struggling AFC Leopards have reeled in some of the their former great players in an effort to turn round their fortunes in the tough Kenyan Premier League.

Former international Josephat Murila, arguably Kenya’s best central defender, has been drafted in by the Leopards executive to head the technical advisory and mentoring committee.

“This is one of several committees that have been created to help in the running of the club,” AFC Leopards secretary Richard Ekhalie said.

Other big names included in the committee are former feared striker Joe “JJ” Masiga and defender Patrick Shilasi.

The committee faces a big task of inspiring the decidedly very ordinary Leopards outfit to challenge the latter day big clubs in Kenyan football.

Leopards are the only team in the Kenya Premier League yet to register a win and are, not surprising, languishing at the bottom of the table with just two points from six matches.

“We need to work very hard with the material we have. Our players are young and up coming but we need to reinforce the team,” team manager Tony Lidonde said.

Leopards travel to Naivasha on Satur for a difficult date with Sher Karuturi.

Dubious distinction

Lidonde said Leopards were capable of tackling any opposition in the league but they needed to tighten their defensive act.

The rear guard has been a major undoing for the promoted Leopards with some carelessly conceded goals. Leopards, in fact, have the dubious distinction of possession the most porous backline thus far in the league that has let in 11 goals.

Their traditional rivals Gor Mahia, meanwhile have indefinitely suspended their assistant treasurer David Dede. In a terse communication the club said action has been taken against Dede for gross misconduct.

Gor Mahia face high flying Sofapaka on Saturday at the Coca-Cola National Stadium. The KPL league will be resuming this weekend after a two week break with eight matches on the cards


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