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Makwatta Carries AFC Leopards Hopes Heading Into Sunday’s Mashemeji Derby

Among other factors, AFC Leopards is baking on the fine form of striker John Mark Makwatta when they face archrivals Gor Mahia in the 91st edition of the Mashemeji Derby at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday.

Makwatta has been lethal in front of goal since rejoining AFC Leopards in January on a six-month loan from Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Premier League rivals Kenya Police FC.

The striker has been of no joy to opposing goalkeepers, roping in five goals in six games while donning the Ingwe shirt and head coach Patrick Aussems hopes that the talisman can engineer at downfall of their Sunday’s hosts.

“He came in and displayed a good performance and scored a goal and now I can say that that sets a good mood before the derby on Sunday,” Aussems said.

During the last outing on Sunday, May 1 at the same venue, Makwatta was relegated to the bench but was later introduced in the game, scoring a penalty as the 1998 champions condemned KCB to a 2-1 d defeat.

Sources have intimated to this writer that the decision was a result of a disciplinary breach by Makwatta but that is now water under the bridge as he prepares for a possible slaying of K’Ogalo.

“Makwatta started on the bench, I told him during the week why, but you know it’s between us for what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas guys,” Aussems remained coy on the issue in an interview with Citizen Sports.

AFC Leopards have not beaten Gor Mahia for over six years, their last win coming in March 2016 and Ingwe believe it is time to break the jinx.

Ingwe are 10th on the log with 38 points after 27 matches while K’Ogalo are in fifth place with eight points more than their Sunday’s opponents.

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