By John Kwoba NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s representative in the Africa’s
Confederation Cup (CAF) AFC Leopards are holding onto hope they
will win the second leg away and qualify for the second round of
Head coach Robert
Matano was frustrated with the 1-1 draw they picked against
visiting Malagasy side Fosa Juniors but promised to cancel the
Madagascan side’s advantage by beating them at their own
“We will win the
second leg, I assure you. We played very badly and I feel we did
not give 100 per cent. At least I know what to do in the return
leg and also I know a bit about our opponents,” Matano said on
Monday in Nairobi.
However, his rival
and Fosa head coach Bob Kootwijk will not let him have his way
saying he will improve his squad and way of play having been
impressed with the result.
“I want to finish
off this job at home. We hold the advantage going home and it
pleases me. We played well and organized in the defence and feel
we should have won with the chances we got. We played very well
especially in containing their long balls and for the second
leg, we will be more dominant,” said the Dutch tactician.
Yusuf Mainge was the
first to score for the hosts with Rado Mbolasoa Adrianinosy
cancelling out the lead.
On Saturday, Kenya
champions, Gor Mahia, began their campaign for Africa’s
Champions League with victory as they cruised past Equatorial
Guinea side Leones Vegetarianos 2-0 in Machakos, about 60km east
Goals from Kevin
Omondi and Ivorian-import Ephraim Guikan in either half handed
Gor the advantage ahead of the second leg in 10 days.
“I think we really
played today (Saturday) and pressed right from the start,
created chances and it is only a pity that we could not score
past two. Overall, we performed really well but the tie is not
over we need to focus on a better second leg,” said Gor Mahia’s
coach Dylan Kerr.