Bidco vs Leopards: Matano returns 'home' in search of last eight slot
AFC Leopards under the leadership of former Bidco United coach Robert Matano will be hoping to book a Shield Tournament Quarter final slot as they take on the Thika based side at Thika Stadium on Wednesday 26 July.
AFC Leopards and Bidco last faced off in this competition in 2010. The tight clash saw AFC Leopards pick a narrow 1-0 win over the Thika based at the quarterfinal stage in a match played at Nyayo Stadium. Bernard Mang'oli who left the side in the 2017 June transfer window for Sofapaka FC, scored the only goal of the tie.
Bidco started their Shield Campaign with a 3-2 Muranga Allstars in the round of 64 of the competition. They then eliminated Rainforest with a 2-0 win in the round of 32 to book a date with AFC Leopards. In the 2016 edition Bidco reached the quarters after eliminating Wazito FC but could not go past Bandari who beat the by a solitary goal. The side is placed 17th on the National Super League standings with 11 points from 18 league matches. They have won just two matches in their league campaign in 2017. The shield might be the only hope of clinching a silverware.
In the last five matches in all competitions, they have scored nine goals and conceded six goals. In those five they have had two cleasheets. The side warmed up for the tie with a 2-1 win in a friendly against Thika United.
Bidco’s last five matches
Vihiga United 2-1 Bidco United
Bidco United 1-0 MOSCA FC
Bidco United 2- 0 Rainforest (Shield)
Muranga All Stars 2-3 Bidco United (Shield)
Palos FC 2-2 Bidco United
AFC Leopards started of their Shield campaign with 15-1 win over Dero Football Club in a round of 64 match staged at Moi Stadium Kisumu. Their second match saw them beat Nairobi Stima 2-0 at Mumias Complex. last season the made to the quarters but lost 3-0 to Western Stima and exited the competition.
Leopards is placed 11th on the Kenya Premier League Standings, this is after they beat Bandari FC by a solitary goal to end their poor run the league. In the last five matches in all competitions, the Big Cats have scored 18 goals (17 coming in the Gotv Shield)and have conceded three. The side has managed to keep a cleansheet in the last two matches.
Their coach Matano will be keen to beat his former employers to keep his dream of helping the side win the first silverware in four years alive.
Leopards last five matches
Bandari 0-1 AFC Leopards
AFC Leopards 2-0 Nairobi Stima (Shield)
AFC Leopards 0 -2 Kariobangi Sharks
Dero FC 1-15 AFC Leopards (Shield)
AFC Leopards 0-0 Mathare United