AFC Leopards head coach Robert Matano has placed all his focus on the match against Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Tusker even as the big one, against arch rivals Gor Mahia looms large.
The coach has had a patchy start to his second stint at Leopards and heading to the Thursday 24 August game against Tusker, he will be hoping to build on the confidence gained by his charges from the 7 - 1 win over National Super League (NSL) side Wazito FC in the GOtv Shield quarter final clash on Sunday 20 August.
As he places full concentration on the Tusker game, the coach acknowledges that his former team will pose a tough challenge, this is in spite of the Brewers going down 0 - 2 at the hands of Vihiga United in their GOtv Shield quarter final clash.
“I am proud of the boys because when I arrived, our main undoing was in the goal scoring department so putting seven past Wazito gives us a boost heading into our next game against Tusker which I believe will be a tough duel.
“They (Tusker) are a good team and that doesn’t change because they were outdone by Vihiga United. We are sure they will be a different team when we face off but we will be looking to build on our win against Wazito,” Matano said.
After the Tusker game, Leopards come face to face with Gor Mahia but Matano refused to comment on the tie saying they will cross that bridge when the time comes.
“It’s premature to talk about Gor Mahia when the task at hand involves Tusker. Mine is to take each game at a time and when that times comes, we will cross that bridge,” Matano added.
Ahead of the Tusker game, 12 points separate the two sides; the Brewers are fifth on the log with 32 points off 19 matches while Leopards have so far managed 20 from 19 matches.