Leopards climb to safety, Homeboyz crush Mt Kenya
- Striker Wayi Yeka chose the ideal time to open his AFC Leopards as he scored the winner in their 1-0 victory over Sony Sugar to lift them off the bottom of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings into 15th place
- Leopards had lost all six of their previous league matches and needed this sort of response in front of a packed Bukhungu Stadium to ease the crisis at the Den
Striker Wayi Yeka chose the ideal time to open his AFC Leopards as he scored the winner in their 1-0 victory over Sony Sugar to lift them off the bottom of the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) standings into 15th place.
Leopards had lost all six of their previous league matches and needed this sort of response in front of a packed Bukhungu Stadium to ease the crisis at the Den.
Yeka turned in Whyvonne Isuza’s cross in the 48th minute for the winner and Eugene Mukangula hit the post in the dying minutes from a one on one situation when Leopards had the chance to kill off the game.
Kakamega Homeboyz turned in a six-star performance at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos to rout Mount Kenya United 6-0 while Bandari FC and Mathare United battled to barren draw in a top-table clash at Mbaraki Grounds.
Nzoia Sugar handed Tusker FC their third defeat on the trot, winning 1-0 the Sudi Stadium thanks to Hansel Ochieng’s first half strike.
Western Stima and Vihiga United shared the spoils from their 1-1 stalemate at Kisumu’s Moi Stadium while Kariobangi Sharks defeated Chemelil Sugar 2-0 in Kasarani to go fourth on the KPL stadnings.
Patillah Omoto and Eric Kapaito’s goals in the second half were enough for Kariobangi Sharks snatch a win against the visitors who put up a brave display before they were undone in the 73rd and 80th minutes.
Omoto latched onto Henry Juma’s pass to give Sharks the lead with a diving header with Kapaito sealing the result when he converted from Vincent Wasambo’s pass.
Sharks were the dominant side for better part of the first half with a couple of dangerous attacks on the Chemelil back line but none of them was well placed to yield an opener.
Sharks Eric Kapaito missed a crucial chance few minutes into the game to gift The sharks an opener as his shot went over the crossbar, to the disappointment of the shark’s fans.
In the 18th minute, Duke Duke Abuya wasted another chance as his shot rolled into the waiting gloves of Chemelil’s goalkeeper.
The Muluya Coached side continued their impressive display with another spectacular chance to make the score 1-0 with Eric Kapaito directing a powerful shot that keeper Alube Morgan could only parry out for a corner.
Philip Muchuma directed a stunning shot at Kariobangi Shark’s goal keeper in the 55th minute but his shot soared on top of the crossbar.
Chemelil’s renewed energy prompted Sharks’ coach William Muluya to make a double substitution in the 58th minute with James Mazembe and Wasambo Vincent coming in for Shaphan Oyugi and Duke Abuya respectively.
Even so, Chemelil’s attempts to sink Sharks did not bear fruits.
Gor Mahia FC 1-0 Tusker FC
Mount Kenya United 0-6 Kakamega Homeboyz
Western Stima FC 1-1 Vihiga United
Kariobangi Sharks FC 2-0 Chemelil Sugar
AFC Leopards 1-0 Sony Sugar
Bandari FC 0-0 Mathare United
Nzoia United 1-0 Tusker FC
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