AFC Leopards rose to the summit of the Kenyan Premier League
(KPL) on Friday 13 July courtesy of their 1 – 0 win over a Nairobi City Stars
side that headed into the game on a five game unbeaten streak.
The manner in which AFC Leopards took the lead on 21 minutes
is what will dominate the post match reactions as the 12 time champions were
awarded a penalty for a handball by Nicholas Ochieng which replays showed wasn’t.
Mike Barasa stepped forth anyway and successfully steered
the ball past a flatfooted Ronny Kagunzi in the City Stars goal for the opener.
City Stars, thereafter had to live dangerously as AFC
Leopards kept squandering great chances with Paul Were the biggest culprit in
the 32nd minute when put through by Martin Imbalambala but failed to
beat the keeper.
The City Stars situation got even worse when in the 69th
minute their coach Gideon Ochieng was sent off by referee James Kagera for
repeatedly protesting his calls.
City Stars, despite the second half pressure on AFC Leopards
and most attempts on target overall could not beat Barnabas Tiema in the AFC
Leopards goal and even Allan Wanga could afford a late miss after connecting
well with a Laurent Tumba cross from the left.
The win which brings AFC Leopards to 37 points means Tusker,
who were inactive on the night drop to the second place as they have 36 points.