Monday, April 4, 2011

Post Match: Western Stima (A)

Leopards went down 1-0 to Western Stima.

The Star was the major daily that had a pic from the game and reported:-

Western Stima 1 AFC Leopards 0

Kevin Amwayi curled in a free-kick from the top of the box and AFC Leopards’ central defender Douglas Okumu deflected it in past ‘keeper Barnabas Tiema to give Western Stima the 23rd minute lead that was maintained throughout the tension-filled match.

Francis Chinjili had almost opened the scoring in the 10th minute, his booming shot being stopped by the cross bar.

Leopards replied after two minutes, Itubu Imbem and Abraham Cokie combining well for a dangerous attack from which Stima ‘keeper David Juma collected the ball after a final weak shot.

The “Western Derby” lived to its expectations pulling a mammoth crowd into Bukhungu Stadium. Excitement had built up earlier in the day in Kakamega town as each team claimed to be the true sons of Western Province.

But Western Stima ultimately enjoyed the pride of place, halting Leopards’ recent good run. Stima enjoyed the second place on the table, two points behind leaders Tusker on 12 points and ahead of third-placed Gor Mahia on goal difference. Leopards dropped from third to fifth.

Leopards coach Robert Matano decided to start Demonde Selenga on the bench but brought him in the second half for Evans Wandera as AFC Leopards kept charging forward in search of the equaliser.

Selenga and Imbem paired well up front and credit went to Stima defenders for keeping the dangerous pair away. Juma also and a good day in the office between the Stima posts.

Michezoafrika reported:-

Western Stima cage AFC Leopards in the western derby

 Updated on 03/04/11  |    By ROBERT JUMA

The western derby of Western Stima and AFC Leopards lived to its expectations pulling a mammoth crowd with tension and anxiety feeling the atmosphere in Kakamega town and at the Bukhungu stadium prior to the match on Sunday afternoon.

Home team Western Stima brought to a halt the winning form of AFC Leopards who had before their encounter collected maximum points in their previous two matches against Ulinzi Stars and Karuturi Sports respectively.

Stima striker Francis Chinjili almost opened the scores as early as the tenth minute but his thunderous effort was denied by the cross bar. Two minutes later, the wave changed direction when Itubu Imbem and Abraham Cokie combined well in midfield but the final ball from Cokie was easily collected by Stima keeper David Juma.

The lone goal of the match was scored in the 23rd minute from a free kick at the edge of the box taken by Kevin Amwayi.The powerful curl from Amwayi deflected off an AFC Leopards’ defender Douglas Okumu to dislodge an aerial Barnabas Tiema for the all important goal.

Matano decided to start Demonde Selenga on the bench but brought him in the second half for Evans Wandera as AFC Leopards kept charging forward in search of the equalizer towards the final minutes of the match.Demonde and Itubu paired well upfront constantly keeping the Stima defense under pressure but unfortunate for AFC Leopards all their efforts remained saved by keeper David Juma who had a fabulous day in office, it was a bad outing for AFC Leopards and they dropped three points to the disappointment of  the legion of western fans.

2Western Stima531142210
3Gor Mahia531144010
5AFC Leopards53025419
8Thika United52127617
9Ulinzi Stars52125417
10Karuturi Sports52125507
11Sony Sugar52125507
13Mathare United511336-34
14Chemelil Sugar511338-54
15Congo United502337-42
16City Stars501418-71

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