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‘We will fall back on youth team’ – AFC Leopards’ Juma after players exodus

The exit by the vast majority of the senior players has rocked Ingwe simply days earlier than the brand new marketing campaign begins

AFC Leopards assistant head coach Tom Juma has said they must fall back on the youth group after a mass exodus by the senior players.

On Tuesday, Goal reported that the membership is dealing with a dilemma after 17 players left, leaving the native giants with simply 13 senior players at their disposal. 

Benjamin Ochan, Austin Odhiambo, Bienventure Shaka, Boniface Wafula, Clyde Senaji, Collins Lusaka, Elvis Baranga, Fabrice Mugheni, and Hansel Ochieng, Harrison Mwendwa, Robinson Kamura, Said Tsuma, Sellasie Otieno, John Oyemba, Eugene Mukangula, Ezekiel Owade, and Jafari Owiti are the players who’ve ditched Ingwe simply days earlier than the brand new season begins. 

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“The most important players are the 11 who feature on the pitch and the bench does not worry us a lot,” Juma instructed Citizen Digital.

“But nonetheless even when issues gained’t add as much as the anticipated quantity then we now have a youth group and we will have to advertise numerous our youthful players to the senior group.

“It doesn’t matter the type of squad we have, we will remain with the objective of being top of the league.”

The exit of the players who helped them finish final season in fourth place will not drive AFC Leopards to alter their Premier League ambitions as Juma insists they will characteristic within the new season with eyes firmly on the title.

“Even if we have lost players, it does not mean we go pull the blanket and sleep but to work even harder to achieve what is expected of you,” he added.

After the departure of all senior goalkeepers, Maxwell Mulili is anticipated to be the primary selection when the season begins.

“When you join a certain club it does not mean that you will be there forever,” hopeful Juma continued.

“Time will come and also you will have to depart and so the likes of Ochan, Oyemba, and Owade] have served us for a while and so they have left.

“Just like Mulili who will probably serve us for two or three years and then leave again. That is football and there is time for everything.”

Abdallah Asad, Caleb Olilo, Collins Shivachi, Dan Sunguti, Isaac Kipyegon, Lewis Esambe, and Marvin Omondi, Omar Omari, Peter Nganga, Robert Mudenyu, Tedian Esilaba, Washington Munene and Yusuf Nasri are the senior players who’re set to stay on the Den.

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