KPL Review: Ulinzi on top as AFC Leopards wins after eight games


The biggest story of the weekend Kenyan Premier league action was the end of an eight match winless streak by one time giants of Kenyan football AFC Leopards.

Probably AFC Leopards needed a no nonsense coach to steer them to victory and they have exactly that in Robert Matano who took over the reins of the club exactly a week ago and within six days steered the Ingwe to a 1-0, albeit labored win over Bandari in Mombasa.

Finally, the Ingwe nation had something to cheer about. It has been tough for them losing week in week out in the league and falling from the top of the table after the first three rounds to the relegation zone.

Matano said after the win he is not promising heavens, but will deliver Ingwe from the doldrums.

“It’s a shame where the team was considering the investment that has been done on the playing unit.  They are not lacking anything,” he said.

“We have to grow in tactical and technical discipline to win matches,” he added.

Marcelus Ingotse struck in the final minute of the game to hand Leopards the win.

Ulinzi Stars meanwhile moved to the top of the log with 29 points after their 2-1 win over Nakumatt FC at the Ruaraka grounds. Samuel Onyango had put the soldiers ahead early in the second half but Nakumatt replied moments later through Joshua Oyoo. Omar Mbongi left it late to steal the show heading home the winner three minutes to the end.

The soldiers therefore dislodged Posta Rangers who had taken overnight lead on Friday with a 2-1 win over Nzoia United.

The mailmen finished the game with nine men after Luke Ochieng was first red carded for foul play while goal keeper Patrick Matasi was sent to the showers in the 90th minute for time wasting.

However, they had Dennis Mukaisi and Joseph Mbugi (from a penalty) on the scoresheet for them while Nzoia pulled one back through Patrick Kitwonda.

Western Stima produce the shocker of the weekend beating title chasers Tusker by a solitary goal thanks to a strike by new signing Villa Oramcha.

Zoo Kericho continued their resurgence with a 2-0 win over Chemelil Sugar in Kericho. Nicholas Kipkirui and Earnes Kipkoech were on the scoresheet for Zoo.

Three matches ended in barren draws, Mathare against Sony Sugar, Thika United and Sofapaka and  Kariobangi Sharks against Kakamega Homeboyz.




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