Mathare United goalkeeper Levis Opiyo is confident that his absence will not hurt the team as it looks forward to tackle Kakamega Homeboyz in the last match of the Sportpesa Premier League first leg Saturday.
Opiyo was red carded during their last match against Sony Sugar at Ruaraka for fouling Mwana Yema.
The former Thika and Sony custodian has kept seven clean sheets this season, and will be replaced in goal by Wycliffe Kasaya.
Elsewhere, after the decision by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to expand the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) from 16 teams to 24 teams, and move it from January/February to June/July, it has emerged the changes will see a collision in dates with the FIFA Confederations Cup.
For the quarterfinals of the two competitions, the first leg will take place on the weekend of September 15-17 with second leg on the weekend September 22-24.
The first leg of the semifinal remains unchanged, the weekend of September 29 – October 1, but the second leg has been prolonged to the weekend of October 20-22, instead of the previous dates, October 13-15.
Meanwhile, the schedule for the final of the two competitions remain same.
September 15-17 (First leg)
September 22-14 (Second leg)
September 29– October 1 (First leg)
October 20-22 (Second leg)
October 27-29 (First leg)
November 3-5 (Second leg)
November 17-19 (First leg)
November 24-26 (Second leg).
Reporting by Richard Munga