AFC coach demands more from new signings

AFC Leopards head coach Ivan Minnaert has demanded more from his players, especially the new faces ahead of the second leg of the Sportpesa Premier league.

His remarks come just a two days after recently signed custodian Ian Otieno’s heroics spared Leopards bruises and helped them edge out lower tier side Mumbi Nationale in Round 64 of the GOtv Shield Cup over the weekend.

Eight new signings were handed their debuts in what the Belgian tactician described as trying to see what formations will suit tem in the second leg.

“Overall the boys did well on their debut, but that was not enough. A lot is expected of them since the league is very competitive,” Minnaert said.

AFC won the contest on post-match penalties and the manager was not impressed by the showing.

“Making many changes is not reason enough not to kill the game in normal time. Stretching it into penalties was a huge gamble from us. It gave our opponents the urge to cause an upset,” he said.

Minnaert, whose side takes on Chemelil Sugar as the second round league gets underway this weekend is calling upon his players to have a winning mentality reminiscent to the start of the season when Leopards were top of the league in the initial weeks.

“It will be interesting to see how the new players integrate, but most importantly we have to yearn and go for better results as a team,” said Minnaert.

 

 

 

 

 

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