AFC Leopards cruised to the GoTv round of 16 after trouncing Kakamega Homeboys 2-0 in a well contested tie at the Mumias Sports Complex.This is a tie labeled ‘Cataluhya’ derby as both teams enjoy massive support in the Western region.
Right from the start, Ingwe made no secret of their desire to win, scoring in the seventh minute through youngster Yusuf Suf who headed brilliantly from a Jack Bruno cross.
Cheered by their roaring fans, Leopards made their superiority count when John “Softie” Ndirangu added the second goal in the 42nd minute, smashing home Brunos cross to elicit thunderous cheers from Ingwe fans.
The Kakamega side appeared lost in the first half but exploded in the second half where Ali Bhai, Stephen Wakhanya and Moses Mudavadi proved a major threat to Leopards defence that missed their former captain Jackson Salleh.
Kakamega head coach Mike Mururi lauded his team’s fighting spirit but attributed the loss to defensive lapses.
“We lost fairly. I have no issue to raise even the officiating was superb. The players fought out gallantly but were caught unaware by Leopards crosses. I rested five key players since we have another key League match on Wednesday against Mathare United. I was able to assess the five new players who played today and I believe they performed well,” asserted Mururi after the final whistle.
His Leopards counterpart Ivan Minneart was happy with his charges performance. He praised both Goalkeeper Ian Otieno and new Mali import Mousa Sisoko for their sterling performance.
“ Basically, I’m happy with the entire team. The players showed a lot of confidence with the ball. Goalkeeper Otieno was superb while Sissoko showed a lot of confidence with the ball though he did not score but he created chances. Our main focus is the GoTv tournament because the League title is now beyond our grasp,” Observed Minneart.