AFC Leopards went ahead after 13 minutes with a scorcher for a goal after nice work by Paul Were released Mike Baraza who beat the Mathare United defence and unleashed a left footer to the roof of the net from a tight angle.
Even before the Isikuti dancers were through with their celebrations, AFC Leopards were under attack. Eric Masika slid in to clear but his touch set up Jesse Were who fired feebly past Patrick Matasi for the equaliser.
On 18 minutes, however, the home side was to surge forward and the very impressive Bernard Mangoli latched onto a pass from the right to beat martin Musalia with a low shot from the edge of the box. The goal was his second in the league against the Slum Boys.
AFC Leopards should have got the third goal on 44 minutes but Mike Baraza’s goal bound shot was cleared by Anthony Kimani after beating the offside trap and the advancing Martin Musalia too as the home team went to the break with the slim lead.
Mike Baraza went close two minutes after the restart with a free kick after John Odhiambo’s foul on Bernard Mangoli but his low shot was parried clear for a corner by Musalia.
On the hour mark, Victor Ochieng should have done better when he latched on to a loose ball after a miscommunication in the Mathare United defence but he lost his footing with just the keeper to beat.
The misses by the home team spurred Mathare on and on 65 minutes the Slum Boys broke clear with a counter attack after defending a corner well and Joseph Mwangi crossed the ball for Francis Ouma to beat Matasi at the far post with a header to the net’s roof.
Koops, ten minutes later had seen enough and pulled off Victor Ochieng for Allan Wanga. Wanga then had an immediate impact, beating John Odhiambo to square the ball for Paul Were in the six yard box. Were’s calm shot gave Musalia no chance.
Icing on the cake
Charles Okwemba put the icing on the cake with an 89th minute goal from a header after connecting well with a Mike Baraza free kick from the right flank.
The win takes AFC Leopards on top of the 16 team log, for 24 hours at least, before Gor Mahia and Tusker take to the field on Sunday. Ingwe have 57 points so far. Mathare on the other hand remains seventh with 38 points.