AFC Leopards 1 Ulinzi Stars 1
At the Coca Cola Stadium, Ulinzi Stars international trialist Evans Amwoka intercepted a back pass from Leopards captain Francis Xavier and set through Lawrence Owino to score with ease in the 20th minute.
It was just the setback the fighting AFC Leopards did not wish especially after opening very promisingly.
However, the never-say-die Leopards, who still have hope that it is a matter of time before they start climbing from bottom place to Premiership safety grafted their way back into controlling the match.
They squandered many clear chances with the biggest culprits being Tafadzwa Dondo, their lead scorer and Kenya trialist Sebastian Muchera and Collins Kisuya.
But Leopards, forever cheered on by unwavering "Isukuti" dancing fans, continued to prod.
Their much deserved equaliser came in the 55th minute through a Kisuya free kick from just outside the box.
Coach Edward Manoah said: "The best is yet to come. This was another hard game because both of these sides were desperately looking for a win but we have to be satisfied with the draw.
"Ulinzi boast of experienced players but they have failed to beat us, so I appeal to our fans to continue being patient. This is a youthful side still in a learning process. I believe we are capable of changing our fortunes in the second leg.
"We have identified several experienced players whom we shall draft in the second leg."
AFC Leopards - 1. Teddy Okumba: 12. Jackton Opanda (18.Tom Wango, 50'), 4. David Ochieng', 2. Robert Indimuli, 17. Arthur Weyula, 6. Francis Xavier, 15. Geoffrey Shikanda, 10. Tafadzwa Dondo, 3. Collins Kisuya, 11. Jesse Were, 14. Sebastian Muchera
Reserves not used -16. Charles Onyango, 24. Humphrey Oyando, 7. Lewis Rampei, 5. Michael Njehia, 13. Ben Barasa, 26. Umekwe Ekwe
Scorer - 3. Collins Kisuya (55')
Coach - Edward Manoah
Ulinzi Stars - 1. Fred Odembo: 17. Busolo Wamalwa, 24. Richard Chege, 2. Geoffrey Kokoyo, 8. James Mulinge,12. Robert Oyuyo, 18.Vincent Onyango (25. Musa Bakari, 88'), 6. Elvis Ayany, 26. Ismail Ibrahim (20. Chester Okoyo, 60'), 11. Lawrence Owino (15. Francis Ochieng'), 7. Evans Amwoka
Reserves not used - 30. Jackton Ochieng', 14. Kevin Ouma, 13. Ken Ochieng', 22. Hussein Mohamed
Scorer - Evans Amwoka (20')
Coach - Sammy Simiyu
Referees - Isaac Ochieng' (Nairobi)