Ingwe maul Thika United

  Posted: 12 Aug 12, 17:19

By: Jeff Kinyanjui

Kenyan Premier League (KPL) table toppers AFC Leopards were in impressive as they beat Thika United 5-0 on Sunday 12 August 2012 at the Nyayo National Stadium.

First Half

The game started on a high tempo, Ingwe mid-season acquisition Idrissa Rajab making a blunder as his intended back pass to Eric Masika was almost intercepted by John Nairuka at the 4th minute.

Thika United’s Dirkir Glay won a free kick after he was fouled just outside at the eighth minute. He stepped up to take the free kick but shot straight into the AFC Leopards wall.

Charles Okwemba opened the scores at the 15th minute powering in a header past Thika United goalkeeper Lucas Indeche after a cross from Bernard Mangoli from the left wing.

Allan Wanga made a good run into Thika’s box in the 17th minute but shot wide with only the goalkeeper to beat.

Thika United moved forward in search of an equalizer and almost got it in the 21st minute, Francis Kahata made a good run in the left wing, but his resultant cross was cleared by Eric Masika.

 Eric Masika doubled the lead in the 41st minute heading in a Mike Baraza cross, halftime ending 2-0.

Second Half

Thika United made several substitutions, Kepha Aswani coming in for John Nairuka and Tonny Kizito for Harambee Stars midfielder Dennis Odhiambo.

 Moses Arita missed a clear chance to score for Thika United as he headed wide after a perfect cross from the impressive Francis Kahata at the 68th minute.

Thika United defender Samuel Mbugua scored an own goal in the 75th minute as he tried to clear a Mangoli long cross to make it 3-0 in favour of AFC Leopards. Charles Okwemba scored eight minutes later after a good long pass by Mangoli.

Laurent Tumba finished the job by scoring with a low shot the 88th minute.

 AFC Leopards top the KPL table with 44 points from 21 games and face 11th placed KCB on Sunday 26 August in their next game.

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