Leopards, Ulinzi satisfied with Machakos stalemate


Gilbert Fiamenyo (L) of AFC Leopards SC contests for ball with Oliver Ruto of Ulinzi ...
Gilbert Fiamenyo (L) of AFC Leopards SC contests for ball with Oliver Ruto of Ulinzi Stars FC during their Kenyan Premier League match at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos on April 05, 2017. The match ended 0-0. Photo/Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.com

AFC Leopards Head Coach Stewart Hall and his Ulinzi Stars FC opposite number, Benjamin Nyangweso declared their 0-0 draw in their Kenyan Premier League (KPL) clash at Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos was a fair result.

Leopards rose to the top of the 2017 KPL equal on seven points with Bandari FC but above on goal-difference as Ulinzi took their tally to four (10th) after the third round of play.

Hall who is seeking to bag Ingwe a 13th and first domestic title since 1998 laid on his striking force for wasting chances especially in the first.

“We played well and dominated the game. We could have scored three goals in the first half and in the second half we dominated again but we didn’t create enough chances,” the Briton told Citizen Digital.

Hall also cited injuries in the Den lamenting he did not have a fit striker on the bench to bring on.

“Some played with pain killers and I have many injuries in the squad but I’m happy with the result and I look forward for the next game,” the former Azam FC coach added.

Leopards travel to Kisumu this weekend to take on tricky Chemelil Sugar FC with Hall revealing Marcellus Ingotsi will not make the trip after suffering a knock in Machakos in another injury blow for Ingwe.

Nyangweso hailed his side for nicking a point against a superior side as he drills his soldiers to face another early season pace-setter, Bandari FC in Mombasa this weekend.

“I can say the draw is good for my team because we were playing away and Leopards is a strong team this season. We will focus on our next match against a team that is also playing well this season,” the 2010 Ulinzi title winning coach said.

The soldiers who have played two games now sit on 10th position with four points.

-Tough match-

Elsewhere, KPL front runners Bandari Ugandan boss, Paul Nkata admitted the Dockers are up against it when they welcome the resolute Ulinzi at Mbaraki Stadium.

 

“The match against Ulinzi will be tough given that the opponents are soldiers and hence battle hardened. However, like any other game, we shall approach the match as a final. The KPL is very competitive,” Nkata who led Tusker FC to the crown last season before leaving for the coast maintained.

Forwards Edwin Lavatsa and Enock Agwanda are racing against time to feature in the crunch clash with their availability according to Nkata reliant on the Team Doctor’s report.

Lavatsa missed the match against Muhoroni Youth while Agwanda featured but picked a muscle injury.

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