AFC Leopards newboy Aziz Okaka needed just three minutes to introduce himself to the Ingwe faithful as he netted the opener that helped the team see off National Super League (NSL) side Nairobi Stima in the second round clash of the GOtv Shield and the former Ushuru FC man says, presented with more, that is what he will be doing for the remainder of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) season.
Okaka was one of the four new acquisitions paraded by coach Tom Juma in the game and after a lean spell heading to the game, he admits a win was more than welcome, to aid in the psychological preparation for the next match and he hopes to see the same hunger as the team prepares for the league clash against Bandari.
A win, finally
''At least we have a win now and that is huge going into our next match. Going by our recent performance, we really showed the hunger to win and that was the difference,'' he says of a Leopards steam that has struggled to replicate their form in the cup competition to the league.
Okaka makes for the experienced lot at Leopards having previously been in the ranks of Swedish side IF Gottne before moving to Ushuru FC upon his return at the end of the 2015 KPL season. Having been handed a start alongside fellow new signings Alexis Kitenge and Keziron Kizito upfront against Stima, the former FC Talanta forward says he will prove he was a good buy.
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''I want to prove my worth at AFC Leopards and that means making good use of the chances I get in the way of playing time. I want to score when I get the chance and assist when I can too,'' he says, in sentiments closely echoed by his coach Tom Juma.
''We have signed very good players. They just need time to gel with the others and everything will work even better for the team,'' offers Juma.
Leopards have not won a league match in nine attempts and as they head to Mombasa to face Bandari, they expect a tough game, especially with their hosts having slayed GOtyv Shield favorites Gor Mahia in their last outing.