AFC Leopards striker Elvis Rupia will have a point to prove when he faces his former employers Wazito FC in a Football Kenya Premier League match on Saturday.
Rupia who has been in scintillating form since the league started in November last year, will be looking to add to his six goal tally when he faces the Francis Kimanzi coached side.
The former Nzoia Sugar striker is sure to be guaranteed chances as Wazito have conceded seven goals in their opening six matches, keeping clean sheets in only two matches.
Rupia time at Wazito was disastrous as he scored only five goals in six months. The striker was often on the bench as the team management opted to rotate the team.
He got an escape route when Ingwe signed him on loan in January last year, as a direct replacement for John Makwatta who ditched the den for Zambian giants ZESCO United.
Rupia rewarded the club for the confidence shown in him, by scoring the winning goal in his first match for Leopards, 1-0 win over Ulinzi. He has not looked back since then.
This season, he has scored all but one of Ingwe’s seven league goals. Coach Anthony Kimani will hope the striker is at his best as the team hopes to bounce back from the dramatic 0-2 defeat they suffered at the hands of Western Stima last time out.
Leopards are fourth on the log, behind leaders KCB and Kariobangi Sharks, both of who have at least a game in hand.
However, it will not be an easy game against Wazito, as Kimanzi’s boys are buoyed by last weekend’s 2-1 win over Nairobi City stars.
Wazito were the best team of the weekend with veteran winger Kevin Kimani, who scored both goals, named the league player of the week. Kimanzi bagged the manager’s award
Kimanzi has enjoyed mixed fortunes at arguably the richest club in Kenya, with two wins, two draws, and a similar number of draws. However, he hopes to galvanize his team with last weekend’s win. Another win against Leopards will send a statement of intend for the money bags.