Saturday, October 29, 2011

Post Match: Chemelil (A)

Leopards drew 1-1 with Chemelil.

MichezoAfrika reports:-

Hosts Chemelil Sugar came from a goal down to hold visitors AFC Leopards to a one all draw in a packed but tense match that witnessed some moments of stone throwing from the Chemelil fans.

Both goals were scored from the penalty spot in each half with AFC scoring first in the 25th minute through Jonas Naimana. Abbas Kiwalabye who missed Chemelil’s match in Naivasha on Monday against Gor Mahia scored Chemelil’s equalizer also from the penalty spot to draw parity as both sides shared the points.

The match was however characterized by some moments of insanity when AFC Leopards fan Isaac Juma received hostile reception as he was stoned when at half time when he entered the field for his normal lap of honor around the pitch.

KPL website wrote:-

Jonas Nahimana scored from a penalty to give AFC Leopards the lead at Chemelil in the 21st minute after a David Ojuang’ handball.

Then David Kiwalabi, another of the Ugandans in the KPL, saved the blushes for Chemelil Sugar with a 66th minute equaliser

Futaa stated

AFC Leopards let go a 1-0 half time to share the spoils with hosts Chemelil Sugar in a Kenyan Premier League game played on Saturday 29 October 2011 at Chemelil Sugar.
In the first ten minutes of the game, ingwe showed great intent as they dominated proceedings before the hosts setltled into the game.

Leopards should have gone 1-0 up on 24 minutes had Brian Masiolo fromer Western stima forward Brian Masiolo not wasted a neat feed through by Jimmy Bagaye.

But Masiolo earned his team a penalty on 34 minutes which Jonas Nahimana stepped up to send home tto make the score 0-1 for the visitiors.

Ingwe threatened for a second before half time but a corner kicks on 41 minutes was wasted. Chemelil closed the half with a highlight – when Ooko Smith gave way for James Masasa as Coach Edwards Manoah strengthened his midfield.

During half time there was tension after a juju man did a lap round the stadium. But his tease in front of Chemelil fans led to his beating before Police intervened to calm the situation.

Coach Manoah brought in 2010 top scorer Tonney Opondo [seven goals] to take up Daniel Murage’s place, a change that seemed to send Chemelil Sugar forward.

On 71 minutes, Chemelil got a penalty which was sent home by defender Abbasi Kiwalabye to bring the scores level , a result that remained to the end of the game.

The results move both teams to 39 points but Chemelil remains fifth from 26 games and Leopards having played a game more are back sixth.

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10Thika United27105123136-535
11Western Stima2797111724-734
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13Mathare United2661282424030
14City Stars2777132429-528
16Congo United2755171846-2820

Pre Match: Chemelil (A)

Gregory Mulemi of Ingwefans writes:-

After last week’s disappointing result against Mathare United at the Nyayo national stadium, when they were held to a 2-2 draw, AFC Leopards really need to start picking up maximum points – they currently lie in 6th, a full 10 points Tusker fc. Thankfully both Sofapaka, Rangers, Gor Mahia, Chemelil sugar and Ulinzi stars dropped points too last week, but Leopards  missed out on the chance to capitalize on it.

Leopards created chances against the Slum Boys last Sunday but struggled to convert them – it was in this match that many fans felt dejected and disappointed with the way the Ingwe team played. Reliable Patrick Matasi let in two easy goals and this put him on the spotlight having been impressive in the previous encounters. The defence has been looking shaky especially on defending set pieces something that coach Jaan Koops and Mickey Weche should have worked on by now.
All of which puts Leopards in good shape – Brian Masiolo is back, the midfield has started to settle, with Bernard Mang’oli playing an integral part in the recent matches and the defence seem to have it pretty much nailed apart from the last match and the new inclusion of Robert Siongo is meant to make the defence even stronger. Utility Laurent Tumba is expected to move up front to help in the hunt of goals in the absence of Mike Baraza and Salim Kinje. Having impressed in the last match, Masiolo is expected to lead the attack with either Bagaye or Francis Chinjili.
Chemelil sugar  enter the tie in good form, on Monday, they drew 0-0 with FKL champions Gor Mahia at Karuturi showing that they have both the resolute defending and goal scoring needed to progress. With the team’s best scorer Victor Ochieng’ wanting to capitalize on the absence of Mike Baraza, the Harambee stars trialist will be looking for the elusive tenth goal having missed a penalty in the Monday fixture (ironically, Baraza scored from the spot kick against Mathare) Former Leopards’ Wellington Murwai and Georson Likono will want to prove a point as the two sides meet in a free to watch match at the chemelil complex. George Odera will want to prove to coach Edward Manoah and Mike Mururi that he deserves a first team berth.
In the last meeting the teams drew 1-1 and this shows how the two sides have great respect for each other.  It should be a close game.

Probable line ups
Chemelil Sugar: John Wahu, David Oriki, Wellington Murwai, Williys Ouma, Charles Odera, David Ajwang’, Smith Ooko, Georson Likonoh, Jmes Omino,Daniel Mutahi, Victor Ochieng’
Coach Edward Manoah, assistant Mike Mururi

AFC Leopards: Patrick Matasi, Edwin Wafula, Jonas Nahimana, Martin Imbalambala, Robert Siongo, Bernard Mang’oli, Oscar Kadenge, Charles Okwemba, Brian Masiolo, Jimmy Bageya, Laurent Tumba.
Coach Jan Koops, assistant Mickey Weche, TM Bernard Onyango

Monday, October 24, 2011

Post Match: Mathare (H)

Carol Radull was right. Leopards drew 2-2 with Mathare United.

The Daily Nation reports:-

AFC Leopards star Mike Barasa scored from the spot as he not only gifted his club a deserved 2-2 draw against Mathare United at Nyayo National Stadium but also broke away as the Kenyan Premier League top-scorer with 11 goals.

In the Leopards versus Mathare tie, Andrew Tololwa and George Ochieng gave the Slum Boys the lead that lasted up to half-time but an own goal by Llyod Wahome and Barasa’s spot kick ensured the teams went home with a point each.
Leopards’ Oscar Kadenge had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute but his shot went wide. Mathare would however take an early lead when Tololwa headed in a Kevin Kimani corner.
Despite pulling out Salim Khamis with an injury, Leopards coach Jan Koops could only watch as his side conceded their second goal after George Ochieng scored with a 30-metre strike in the 35th minute.

The Standard reports:-

His Luhya name — Matasi — translates to "rags". And, in almost a cruel twist of fate, AFC Leopards goalkeeper Patrick Matasi might have felt like covering himself with a heap of tattered robes during a first-half display that gifted Mathare United a 2-0 lead.

But, thanks to a Lyod Wahome own goal and Mike Baraza’s brilliant penalty, Matasi will have a stay of execution as AFC Leopards drew 2-2 with Mathare United at Nyayo Stadium, on Sunday.

Having knocked off Barnabas Tiema from Jan Koops’ pecking order, Matasi who was playing second division football last season, has seemed destined for greater things what with a call-up to national team, Harambee Stars. For those who cared to review his role in Gor Mahia’s goal in the FKL Cup semi final mid-week, they may have had some reservations going into yesterday’s match.

And true, it did not take long as Andrew Tololwa headed Mathare United in front after nine minutes off Kevin Kimani’s corner without Matasi twitching a muscle. But if he would argue his centre-backs Jonas Nahimana and Martin Imbalambala are equally culpable, the spectacular fashion with which he let in Tololwa’s innocuous 50-yard free kick would leave his prosecutors with enough ammunition.

On the day AFC Leopards’ afternoon had threatened to implode, a point would be more than welcome.

MichezoAfrika reported:-

AFC Leopards staged a spirited second half comeback to secure a 2-2 draw with Mathare United in an entertaining Kenyan Premier League match at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday .Andrew Tololwa and George Ochieng gave the slum boys the lead that lasted up to half time but an own goal by Llyod Wahome and a spot kit by Mike Baraza ensured the teams went home with a point each.

AFC Leopard’sOscar Kadenge had the first chance of the game in the fourth minute but his shot went wide.
Mathare took an early lead when Andrew Tololwa headed in Kevin Kimani’s corner. The goal seemed to have caught AFC Leopards offguard as they plaed in comparison to their opponents. Kimani Kimani’s  free kick  was saved on the edge by keeper Patrick Matasi and the Mathare skipper followed it up with a hard shot that Matasi spilt but recovered quickly before further damage could be done.

AFC coach Jans Koops was forced to pull out Salim Khamis who got injured and in his place came Jimmy Bageya.
In the 35th minute,George Ochieng extended the lead for  Mathare with his debut goal, a 50 yard strike that beat Matasi who was off his line.

Francis Chinjili  had the last first half effort but his cross floated in  the Mathare box with no player to connect. The teams then went to the break with Mathare still two goals up.

Immediately after the half time, Coach Koops introduced Brian Masiolo for Francis Chinjili but it was first half substitute Jimmy Bageya who got the first opportunity to pull one back but his shot was saved by Mathare keeper Joseph Ruto.

As the momentum swung  in favor of AFC Leopards ,Jimmy Bageya lead another  offensive and his final shot hit Mathare United defender Llyod Wahome for an own goal but the short Ugandan still gor credit for the goal.

Minutes later  the hard working Jimmy Bageya went down inside the box thereby  winning  AFC Leopards a penalty that Mike Baraza easily converted. Baraza later picked an injury and had to be stretched out. Joseph Okumu came in his place.

As the match neared the end, Mathare United’s Jesse Were would have been a hero had his 76th minute header gone in. AFC Leopards went on finish the match the better side but never managed to score another goal.

The draw was the 12th for Mathare United this season, a feat that has surely earned them the “draw masters“ tag.For AFC Leopards,this was their ninth game game in a row to go unbeaten.

Kenyanstar reported:-

Lloyd Wahome scored an onw goal while Mike Barasa converted a penalty in the second half to ensure Leopards go home with at least a point after coming from two goals down. Andrew Tololwa and George Ochieng had given Mathare the lead in the first half. This is the second time in a span of less than two weeks that Mathare have given up a comfortable lead but were lucky this time around not to loose.

The “slum boys” had dominated the entire first half keeping possession to themselves while AFC leopards did the chasing. Andrew Tololwa opened the scores early in the 7th minute heading in Kelvin Kimani’s corner. Keeper Patrick Matasi had a howler in the 34th minute allowing George Ochieng to increase Mathare’s tally. Ochieng had taken a freekick deep in the midfield and Matasi came surging to collect the ball from the air, and with no opposition, he let the ball slip through his fingers for the second goal.

Coach Jan Koops was forced to make an early substitution with Salim Kinje being stretchered out injured and in cam Jimmy Bagaye. AFC Leopards tried hard to press Mathare to at least reduce the deficit but were too wasteful with the ball, losing possession easily.

Come the second half, Coach Koops pulled out Francis Chinjili who seemed to be having a bad day in office and brought in Brian Masiolo. Three minutes from the restart, Jimmy Bagaye sounded the first warning to Mathare, forcing keeper Ruto to save his shot from inside the 18 yard area for an unused corner.

Mathare needed to add more pace and creativity into the match as the Leopards players were constantly knocking in their half. Coach Salim Ali pulled out the goal scorer Tololwa bringing in the speedy Jacob Kelli.

As Leopards upped the pressure upfront, the goal finally came with Lloyd Wahome banging the ball into his own net. Mike Barasa had brought in a cross from the left and Jimmy Bagaye surged towards the ball. Keeper Ruto came out of his line to try and collect the ball with Wahome stretching to clear the ball, but ending into his own net.

Mathare midfielder Simon Mburu made a return from his three month injury coming in the 75th minute for Tairus Omondi. His introduction did not make things better for Mathare as just few minutes later, they conceded the second goal from Barasa’s Spot kick, Jimmy Bagaye had been brought down in the area after a fine run on the left and the referee pointed straight to the spot. Barasa sent keeper Ruto the wrong way but in the process pulled a hamstring. He tried continuing with play but could not go on and was replaced by Joseph Okumu, playing his first match after a long time.

KPL website reported:-

AFC Leopards recovered at the National Stadium on Sunday to force a 2-2 tie and frustrate Mathare United who needed victory more in order to create a gap between themselves and the relegation cut-off. The 13th –placed Mathare are now on 30 points, but need more to be sure of staying ahead of No.14 Nairobi City Stars [25 points], the last team before the drop zone occupied by Bandari [24] and Congo United [200 respectively.

Mathare United’s 2-0 lead inside 35 minutes was perfect platform to challenge for three points, but their poor record in protecting leads came to haunt them.

On previous occasions, United have let similar comfortable situation turn into agony; the spectacular being their most immediate past game where their swapped their 2-0 lead with a 3-2 defeat by KCB.

Stand-in captain Kevin Kimani floated a perfect corner kick into the box for Andrew Tololwa head in and give Mathare United an eighth minute lead. United, as usual looked enthusiastic and capable to score more.

Kimani had a fine long range crack at Patrick Matasi in the AFC Leopards goal in the 19th minute. When the lead stretched to 2-0, however, it was from an incredible misjudgment from Matasi a Kenya squad trialist. George Ochieng’, one of the Mathare United’s four men making a rare start, took a 50 metre free-kick and perhaps he had already noticed that Matasi was a few metres off his line. Ochieng’s easy floater flew over Matasi and when it started dipping, the Leopards ‘keeper could only put his fingers on it before it hit the back of the net.

Leopards replied on 60 minutes, Mike Baraza attacking with speed on the left flank and had Jimmy Bageya bearing in on the box with a possible connection. In an effort to turn the ball to for a corner, Lloyd Wahome’s touch, before Bageya could reach the ball, knocked it in past Mathare goalie Joseph Ruto.

Bageya, a first half substitute for injured Salim “Kinje” Khamis, was continuously menacing with his usual speed and was inevitably brought down in the box. Mike Baraza stepped up to take the penalty in the 68th minute for his 11th goal of the season, taking the lead in the hunt for the top scorer’s ‘Golden Boot’ award.

AFC LEOPARDS - 1. Patrick Matasi; 5. Edwin Baraza, 8. Laurent Tumba, 4. Martin Imbalambala (captain), 17. Jonas Nahimana, 22. Bernard Mang’oli, 27. Oscar Kadenge, 10. Charles Okwemba, 15. Francis Chinjili (7. Brian Masiolo, 46’), 18. Salim “Kinje” Khamis (50. Jimmy Bageya, 38’), 11. Mike Baraza (16. Joseph Okumu, 75’) Reserves not used - 34. Abel Omuhaya, Gk; 6. Nicholas Muyoti, 26. Robert Syongoh, 30. Samuel “Misse” Mwangi. Scorers - 17. Lloyd Wahome (60’, own goal), 11. Mike Baraza (68’, penalty) Coach - Jan Koops [The Netherlands]

MATHARE UNITED - 1. Joseph Ruto; 13. Athman Buki, 3. Kennedy Ayong’, 17. Lloyd Wahome, 6. George Ochieng’, 4. Dennis Nzomo, 29. Andrew Tololwa, 5. Geoffrey Shikanda, 26. Edwin Oduor (25. Jesse Were, 65’), 12. Tirus Omondi (8. Simon Mburu, 71’), 22. Kevin Kimani (captain) Reserves not used - 16. Raphael Omondi, Gk; 18. John Odhiambo, 19. Elvis Nandwa, 7. Vincent Okello, 7. Jacob Keli
Scorers - 29. Andrew Tololwa (8’), 6. George Ochieng’ (35’) Coach - Salim Ali
Referee - Richard Obare, Assistant ref - David Sagero, Asst ref - Leonard Onyiego, Reserve ref - Hajji Adede, Match commissioner - Daniel Githaka

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10Western Stima2697101723-634
12Karuturi Sports268991721-433
13Mathare United2661282424030
14City Stars2667132228-625
16Congo United2655161844-2620

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pre Match: Mathare (H)

Leopards play Mat U at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday 23rd October.

Carol Radull predicts a 2-2 draw

AFC suffered their first defeat on Thursday since July 24th, although they are still unbeaten in the league. Thursday’s loss was to rivals Gor Mahia in the semi final of the FKL Cup. In fact the ended prematurely after indisciplined AFC fans caused chaos, which was very unfortunate. Unfortunate because AFC could have managed a draw that would have given them a life-line known as a penalty shoot out.

Fans really need to be educated on how to support their teams. But AFC have a strong side and a focused coach and I just hope they can put the FKL Cup behind them and focus on this match. Mathare United is a wounded animal. I couldn’t believe my eyes last week when they lost a 2- 0 lead to lose 3 – 2 to a struggling KCB. Their confidence must be at an all time low right now. But with captain Anthony Kimani back in the fold, they are likely to put up a good challenge tomorrow. I just urge fans, particularly AFC fans, to behave. My prediction: Ingwe 2-2 United

Hooligans at AFC?

Thursday night saw the FKL Cup semi final action between Leopards and Gor. Ingwe Fan hasn't given much thought to this terribly organized cup competition but what caught my eye was the shocking scenes that saw the match abandoned with many minutes left to play after fans threw stones to the pitch.
Here are pictorials. The credit to these pictures taken from Social Media is on individual persons who took the photos and some from Kweli.

Pre match, the Leopards fans and Gor fans posing together.

The fans enter the stadium

Inside fans continue taking pictures together

Notice the Leopards fan with a Gor flag and the Gor fan with a blue Leopards vuvuzela.

Other fans danced...

 Some spoke on the phone

Though there is usually the clear divide between the blue - white side and the green side

Rival fans sit close by to each other

The Leopards fans have a banner with the photos of the three fans who passed away the previous weekend

Gor fans enjoying some fish

... and belting out the team's anthem

The space between the terraces and the perimeter fence is used a s dancing arena with fans dancing from one end of the pitch to the other. Gor fans did it...

and Leopards fans did it

And at times they met

The moment of silence in memory of the three departed Leopards fans

was not observed by some Gor fans who were dancing leading to some irritation by Leopards fans

Gor fans also later chanted a funeral dirge as they carried a mattress symbolizing a coffin

But there were efforts by the two sections of the fans to mingle

Some Leopards fans carried sugar cane into the stadium and the police looked on bemused. The canes would later be used by some fans as weapons! Sugar cane is used by leopards fans to symbolize the association with sponsors Mumias Sugar.

Gor fans also danced dangerously close to the edge of the terraces

Leopards fans brought live chicken to the ground

And there were several bottles of soda, juice and alcohol in the stadium. The scores changed.

Gor scored a goal and their fans ran around the pitch with flares to the Leopards fans side.

Stones were thrown at the said fans and some were injured

The match resumed but there was then a nasty injury to Leopards top scorer Mike Baraza which led to an ambulance getting onto the pitch

He left the field unconscious

Some fans took advantage of the long stoppage to engage in stone throwing. Most fans started leaving the stadium.

Yes, this was the same section previously...

Fans left the stadium in droves even as the police needlessly threw teargas at remaining fans some of whom had been largely peaceful.

Some of the youths were reported to be chanting anti-Raila slogans. Chants of RUTO! RUTO! were heard from a section of the youths. A clear contrast to a fan who was holding an ODM poster before.

Hooligans take advantage of the situation and some rob cars along the way. Some leopards and Gor fans head to Samba, a pub in the CBD and enjoy a drink together.

A bad day for football in Kenya but caused by pockets of fans who took advantage of lapse in security, the carefree mentality of authorities at the Stadium, the long stoppages in the match and other factors that lead to the abandonment of the third clash between the teams this year. Citizen TV carried the story here.

Gor plays Sofapaka in the final on Wednesday.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Flowers and Wreaths

While visiting the flower town of Naivasha as Leopards went to play Karuturi Sports, tragedy struck as three Leopards fans were involved in a road traffic accident after the match echoing the other tragedy last year in October.

Supersport carried the original story that began:-

One AFC Leopards’ fan died and ten were seriously injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was in involved an accident on Saturday. The fans were enroute to Nairobi after watching Leopards vs Karuturi league match when the pick-up truck they were travelling in collided with a trailer at the Mai Mahiu/Naivasha roundabout. The injured are currently admitted at Naivasha District Hospital with four believed to be in critical condition.

Later the story was updated:-
The death toll in the AFC Leopards road tragedy increased to three after two more fans succumbed to death in Naivasha. Club acting secretary General Duncan Angode who spent the night at the Naivasha District Hospital confirmed to that the death toll now stands at three. 

The official website of the club also broke the news:-

NTV carried the story that can be viewed on Youtube here

In a tribute to the three true Leopards, we bring you some snippets about them.

Ben Amuko was at the match and after the match he had run and collected the banner and was running on the pitch proudly showing it off.

He had teasingly asked fellow fans during the match why they were wearing the home colours of Leopards when they knew Leopards was playing away. He had worn the away jerseys that had been used by the club in the first leg of the season.

As Leopards coach Jan Koops was being interviewed, he stood behind Koops with the banner.

Hardly an hour later, he was involved in the car crash.

Duncan Asila had posted on the Leopards Face Book Branch wall a post about his arrival in Naivasha. He was seeking directions.

Asila was leopards through and through and a quick look at his Facebook profile bears this testimony.

His profile photo was a banner created by this blogger on which the words INGWEISM were written and fans pictured doing the poznan as a way of telling all and sundry that the Leopards were back!

Aineah Maliotso was also a true Leopards fan. His profile picture showed him in his replica jersey of Leopards with his name AINEA.

Among his last posts was the post about the match the day before the tragedy

As Ingwe Fans, we can only use this moment to reflect on the words of a fellow Ingwe fan  who said:  

I once heard someone ask: When it is your time to go, where will you be coming from? And yesterday I saw some people in a shoot out in Buru Buru whose answer was probably: from a robbery. But here, yesterday, we had people who were coming from a football match to watch they team they loved, the team they travelled to see, the team they were still happy about even after the barren draw. Sometimes we misuse the word 'diehard fans' and when people die after a match (or before a match like some fans last October), that is when it hits us what a fan who is Leopards to death really is! Life is precious and I read somewhere today that real fun should not turn into a funeral. It is a lesson to all of us. To our players to play matches as if it is a good send off to the fans; to the fans (and the EC are also fans) to treat their fellow fans as one family, instead of the usual bickering over what branch you belong to; and to all of us to remember, that though we are blue and white, occasionally some black days will cloud our days. Let us stand with our fellow brothers and sisters who have lost loved ones and continue practising what our mottos tell us. These fans who passed away are Ours Forever and at this time, we have to be united as fans, sponsors, EC, playing unit and technical bench because, unity is strength (obulala na amani)!

Post Match: Karuturi (A)

Leopards drew 0-0 with Karuturi.

Charles Nyende of the Sunday Nation reported:-

AFC Leopards on Saturday stretched their unbeaten run to eight games but will feel unlucky not to have collected all three points in their barren draw with Karuturi Sports in Naivasha.

The draw nonetheless pushed Leopards to sixth in the league table with 37 points, dislodging Gor Mahia who dropped to seventh after losing to Bandari in Mombasa.
Leopards’ celebrations were, however, dampened by the death of one of their travelling fans following a road accident.
According to club organising secretary Timothy Lilumbi, six fans were admitted at the Naivasha District Hospital in critical condition after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a lorry at Mai Mahiu on their way back to Nairobi. 
One later died in hospital. AFC’s Francis Chinjili, who was in the same vehicle, miraculously escaped without a scratch.
During the game, Mike Baraza, so hot this season with his boot, was inexplicably goal-shy, spurning several decent changes created by the visiting team.
He was not the only culprit for Ingwe. Francis Chinjili and Oscar Kadenge also wasted excellent chances either side of the break.

Despite the support of an exuberant Isikuti beat and their screaming travelling fans, Leopards took long to settle and it was the home side that asked the early questions. 
Jacob Omondi was their main threat and he came close twice in the first-half with a speculative drive and towering header that had pace but not direction.
Leopards began to settle to the rhythm that saw them smash Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar with an identical 3-0 scoreline. 
A neat move released Kadenge on the right wing, who threaded a killer pass to Chinjili inside the box but he shot feebly at the grateful Noah Ayuko. The second-half belonged to Leopards but for a goal. 
Kadenge cleverly picked Baraza in the six yard box only for Leopard’s lead striker to be denied by brave goalkeeping from Ayuko.
Baraza broke free for a one-on-one situation with Ayuko but this was not going to be his day, as he blasted the ball over the bar when he had options to place, round or chip the keeper. Chinjili well combined with Baraza to set up Kadenge but he could not find the net after rounding Ayuko

MichezoAfrika had the story:- 

Pre match favorites AFC Leopards squandered three open chances on Saturday to share points with their hosts Karuturi Sports in a KPL match played in Naivasha at the Karuturi Sports grounds.

Despite the draw, AFC Leopards for the first time this season boasts of a better placing on the KPL league table as they leap frog a frustrated Gor Mahia to the 6th spot with a better goal aggregate than their in-laws Gor Mahia who succumbed to a choking 1-0 loss to Bandari in Mombasa on the same day. Both teams have 37 points and have a date on Thursday 20th October in the FKL Cup semi finals.

AFC started the match on a pulled back formation studying their opponents’ character. Both teams played more of possessive soccer staying shy of each other’s goal mouth in the dull first period that lacked fireworks.

Come the second half, AFC switched gear to a more offensive attack mode creating dangerous chances but Karuturi keeper Noah Ayuko remained on top of the game to deny them penetration to the nest.

Baraza came close in the 54th minute when a long ball from Matasi found him well positioned but his final touch went above the bar. Three minutes Later, Oscar Kadenge had the best chance of the day cleared inches away from crossing the line after he beautifully rounded keeper Ayuko.

Coach Jans Koops Wepukhulu ejected the burly Francis Chinjili for the witty Bagaye but the change had less impact upfront with Karuturi maintaining a solid defensive wall to deny the rioting Leopard maximum points.

After the match, Karuturi Coach James Nandwa told “ It was a game of lost chances, both teams played well and I must give AFC Leopards credit for pinning us down in the 2nd period. We wanted the win but it is too late to reverse time, we will stay content with the single point.” Said Nandwa

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