AFC Leopards coach Stewart Hall is worried with the pile up of injuries for his side as they prepare to take on Chemelil Sugar on Sunday in their fourth match of the weekend.
Hall is already without Munbgai Kiongera, who picked up a knee injury in the 2-1 win over Nzoia Sugar, and he is worried he might lose more players.
“I have to give enough credit to these players because most of them are playing beyond the pain barrier. Like Marcus (Abwao) against Ulinzi, he was never going to play, but he decided to push himself on. It is a bit tough but I am hoping we can manage,” the British tactician, formerly with Tanzanian giants Azam noted.
He is particularly disturbed with the absence of Kiongera, whose presence in the opening two matches of the season was hugely visible, doing defensive and offensive work with equal measure. Ghanaian striker Gilbert Fiamenyo cut a lonely figure up front in the drab draw against Ulinzi, forcing the coach to change the formation in the second half.
“We don’t have that many options upfront,” Hall explained.
He expects a tough encounter against Chemellil, but reckons his side’s fighting spirit will be enough to pull them across the line and ensure they have another week at the apex of the standings.
“Chemelil is a good side because they play like a unit and are very compact. It will be a tough match for us and every game we play is always tough. But I have players who have that hunger and rive to win and hopefully we show the whole of it on Sunday,” Hall noted.
Ingwe will have a training session on the Camp Toyoyo artificial ground on Friday, just a day before they travel to Kisumu for the Chemelil tie.