AFC Leopards win to hit KPL summit


  Posted: 13 Jul 12, 20:14

By: Dan Ngulu

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.

Harsh call

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.

Lived dangerously

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.

Wanga’s miss

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.


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