AFC Leopards 1-0 Ulinzi Stars: Thiong’o’s strike beats Soldiers in Kasarani
After lacking numerous probabilities particularly in the first-half, the previous Kakamega Homeboyz ahead obtained Ingwe an opener in the second-half
AFC Leopards emerged 1-0 winners in opposition to Ulinzi Stars in a Football Kenya Federation Premier League tie performed on Wednesday in Kasaarni.
Peter Thiong’o scored for Ingwe in the 77th minute to award the 13-time league winners with a hard-fought however deserved residence win.
AFC Leopards recovered to disclaim Ulinzi Stars an opener in the seventeenth minute after Oscar Wamalwa’s did not act rapidly after he was despatched by on objective. The Harambee Star took too lengthy to tug the set off and invited the house facet to get better and clear.
Elvis Rupia was stopped by a raised offside flag after he ran to gather a superb move from Harrison Mwendwa ending a pleasant build-up by Patrick Aussmes’ facet. Mwendwa was vastly concerned once more in the thirty eighth minute when he collected the ball after a melee contained in the Ulinzi Stars space however his last shot hit the submit with goalkeeper James Saruni all however overwhelmed in the method.
Saruni denied Rupia once more two minutes earlier than the half-time break when he pulled a key save to punch the ahead’s free-kick away.
In the forty sixth minute, coach Benjamin Nyangweso made two modifications as he introduced on Omar Boraafya and Ibrahim Shambi for Clinton Omondi and Elvis Nandwa respectively. Aussems additionally made modifications in the opening moments of the first-half when he withdrew Said Tsuma and Mwendwa as Caleb Olilo and Said Tsuma got here on.
Ingwe engineered one other formidable mixture between Owiti and Yusuf Mainge however the latter’s effort was equally handled by Saruni to cease AFC Leopards rating an opener in the 56th minute. Owiti was later changed by Thiong’o because the seek for the primary objective continued.
Saruni, in the 66th minute, stood tall and denied Olilo a really clear likelihood for the Nairobi membership who had been the extra dominant facet for the reason that second-half started. But nearly 10 minutes later, AFC Leopards grabbed an opener when Thiong’o struck to provide them a deserved lead. Austin Odhiambo did nicely to outwit Ulinzi Stars defenders earlier than he handed the ball for the scorer.
Another change for AFC Leopards was in the 86th minute when Tedian Esilaba, who was making his debut, was injured and was changed by captain Robinson Kamura.
AFC Leopards XI: Benjamin Ochan, Yusuf Mainge, Tedian Esilaba, Clyde Senaji, Isaac Kipyegon, Fabrice Mugheni, Said Tsuma, Jaffery Owiti, Bienvenue Shaka, Harrison Mwendwa, Elvis Rupia.
Subs: Jeff Oyemba, Lewis Bandi, Robinson Kamura, Austin Odhiambo, Hansel Ochieng, Marvin Nabwire, Caleb Olilo, Eugene Mukangula.
Ulinzi Stars XI: James Saruni, Harun Mwale, Boniface Andayi, Bonaventure Muchika, Byron Odiaga, Bernard Ongoma, John Kago, Elvis Nandwa, Clinton Omondi, Dan Waweru, Oscar Wamalwa.
Subs: Timothy Odhiambo, Omar Boraafya, Ibrahim Shambi, Alex Masinde, Churchill Muloma, Mark Bikokwa, Michael Otieno, Daniel Njuguna, Oliver Ruto.