Leopards maul Thika , Tusker rout sorry Bandari in mid-week fixtures


Leopards fans show their love for their club in a past match.Leopards clawed Thika ...
Leopards fans show their love for their club in a past match.Leopards clawed Thika United 2-0 on Sunday.Image/SportPicha

Troubled AFC Leopards roared back to life with a convincing 2-0 win over Thika United in a mid-week Kenyan Premier League match in Thika.

Alex Kitenge put the big cats ahead in the 37th minute before Christopher Olum nonchalantly turned the ball into his own net with barely a quarter of an hour left  to give the Robert Matano coached side  the much sought after three points.

The win hauled leopards points tally to 31 from 25 matches as they kept alive their hopes for a top eight finish.

At the Moi International Sports Centre Kasarani,  Masoud Juma struck in the dying minutes of either half as Kariobangi Sharks raced from behind to rescue a point from a pulsating 2-2 draw against Posta Rangers on Wednesday.

Posta Rangers FC players celebrates Dennis Mukaisi (C) goal against Gor Mahia FC during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Nyayo national stadium on May 28, 2017.
Posta Rangers FC players celebrates Dennis Mukaisi (C) goal against Gor Mahia FC during their SportPesa Premier League match at the Nyayo national stadium on May 28, 2017. Image/SportPicha

Early lead

Joseph Nyaga had given the Rangers an early lead with a quick-fire brace in the ninth and 26th minutes as the visitors got off to a dream start but failed to see it through as Juma and the Sharks fought back.

On the sidelines, tempers flared as members of the opposite benches threw provocative words across at each other with the situation nearly degenerating into chaos.

“The defending was just horrible. No communication at the back, little urgency and we were punished for it. It’s always frustrating when you lose a 2-0 lead but we have to keep concentrating,” Rangers coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo lamented after the match.

His opposite number, William Muluhya was however satisfied with the outcome showering his midfielder Ovella Ochieng with praise for a brilliant show.

“He’s a clever player and we saw what he can do from the bench. It’s good to have players who can come in and change the game and he did just that.

Good fight

“It’s a positive result because the team showed a good fight,” Coach William Muluhya said.

At the Mbaraki Sports Club, Tusker picked their third win on the bounce as they sank Bandari FC 3-0 with a first half strike from Allan Wanga and late goals from Humphrey Mieno and Michael Khamati securing the win.

The win lifted them eighth on the log, one place above Bandari and 15 points away from leaders Gor Mahia who are bidding to dethrone them for an unprecedented 16th title.

Summarised KPL results

AFC Leopards 2-0 Thika United

Bandari 0-3 Tusker

Kariobangi Sharks 2-2 Posta Rangers

Muhoroni Youth 1-1 Nakumatt

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