AFC Leopards registered a league double over Ulinzi Stars with a 2 – 1 win over the military side at the Mumias Sports Complex to rise to second spot temporarily in the Tusker premier League (TPL) log.
Leopards kicked off with pace and a speedy surge by Paul Were attracted a foul from Kevin Ouma just on the edge of the box. Jonas Nahimana expertly took the resultant free kick to beat Jacktone Odhiambo in the second minute for the opener, his third career goal against the army side.
The early concession shook the military side and they piled pressure on the home side in search of a quick equaliser but AFC Leopards, with five defensive players in the starting team did well to keep them at bay.
As they headed to the break, the only negative statistic that AFC carried was the yellow card to their stand in captain Mike Barasa for a needless handball and he was deservedly withdrawn in the second half for Allan Wanga.
Wanga should have doubled the scores for the Nairobi side after being well picked out by the impressive Paul Were on 53 minutes but with just the keeper to beat, he shot high and wide to the relief of the Ulinzi Stars defenders.
Late drama was to be witnessed at the Mumias Sports Complex, however. Stephen Ocholla latched on to a loose clearance by Patrick Matasi from a Stephen Waruru shot to get the equaliser after 80 minutes.
The visitors, still in celebration mode, conceded a corner kick that was taken by Charles Okwemba and poorly cleared. The ball fell on Victor Ochieng’s path and the youngster’s well powered shot beat Jacktone Odhiambo for the second time in the game.
With all the top three sides winning on the day, AFC Leopards remain third on the log with 51 points while Ulinzi in fourth place with 43 points, stay in danger of falling further down if Thika United win on Sunday against Western Stima.
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