Tusker ascends to the top of the KPL table

AFC Leopards players pose for a group photo in a previous KPL tie against Kariobangi .They were held to a barren draw by KCB in Nakuru during Jamhuri Day

NAIROBI, Kenya, December 13, 2019 – AFC Leopards put up a gallant show but went ahead to share the points with a barren draw with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) in a Kenyan Premier League (KPL) match staged at the Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Thursday.

The good flow of the game was hampered by the slippery pitch following a heavy downpour earlier in the day. The playground as attested by both teams was horrible.

Leopard’s coach Casa Mbungo felt his side deserved a win but noted that football is a game of chances and whoever utilises his chances is always bound to win. He admitted his side was tactically superior but failed to convert several scoring chances.

“It’s unfortunate we dominated the match. We had better chances compared to our opponents but that’s how football behaves. Today we didn’t struggle in the game as our defence was steady but we accept the situation due to the poor pitch,” said Mbungo.

His KCB  counterpart Godfrey Oduor, who was standing in for head coach Zedekiah Otieno who is away with Harambee Stars in Uganda in the on-going Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup, felt a draw was a fair result.

“It’s sad we could not translate one of the many chances that came our way. Agwanda (Enock) could have given us a goal when he hit the cross bar. We had good chances in the first half before we went off in the second half. I am happy we contained the marauding Leopards strikers and got a point from them,” said Oduor.

KCB’s Agwanda who once played for Gor Mahia and Sony Sugar had a good chance after 30 minutes when he overpowered Leopards defenders with his amazing speed but his rasping shot kissed the upright.

KCB Simon Munala who once played for AFC Leopards went close in the 20th minute but his attempt went over the bar.

Ingwe’s best chance came after 33 minutes when hard working Hansel Ochieng’ picked a loose ball outside the box and unleashed a tricky shot that went few inches wide  with Leopards fans yelling for a goal.

In the 44th minute, Ingwe should have taken the lead when Ochieng’ shot straight at KCB custodian Allan Owiny.

AFC Leopards came in the second half a better side and dominated the proceedings with Boniface Mukhekhe, Eugene Mukangula and John Makwata proving a live wire in KCB goal.

Sensing danger, the Bankers brought in Kennedy Owino, Bolton Omwenga and Stephen Waruru for Simon Munla, Dennis Odhiambo and Brian Ochieng’.

AFC Leopards coach Mbungo introduced Hansel Ochieng and Boniface Mukhekhe for John Makwata and Brian Marita to boost his attack but the goals failed to come by.

Elsewhere, Tusker FC climbed to the top of the KPL Log following their 1-0 triumph over struggling Wazito FC.

Defender Eric Ambunya scored the match winner in the 71st minute after being set up by George Blackberry Odhiambo.

The Brewers now move to the top of the standings with 27 points, one ahead of Kakamega Homeboyz who had assumed the position after beating Bandari FC 1-0 earlier in the day.

Tusker has now won eight games, to equal Gor Mahia and Homeboyz as the teams with the most wins this season.

Other KPL results played in the mid-week.

Tuesday Sofapaka 2-1 Kisumu All Stars – Machakos

Wednesday Chemelil Sugar 1-4 Ulinzi Stars – Muhoroni,Kakamega Homeboyz 1-0 Bandari FC – Bukhungu,Wazito FC 0-1 Tusker FC – Machakos,Western Stima 4-1 Zoo FC – Kisumu

Thursday AFC Leopards 0 KCB 0 – Nakuru

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