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Ten-Man Leopards Stun Mathare In 4-3 KPL Thriller

Photo Courtesy of Mathare United FC
Photo Courtesy of Mathare United FC
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NAIROBI, Kenya- Ten-man AFC Leopards SC stunned Mathare United 4-3 on Saturday to move up to third on the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) in the cream of the domestic top flight action on Saturday.

Marvin Nabwire scored a spectacular winner for Ingwe in the 77th minute of the see-saw encounter at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos to condemn home side Mathare to a first defeat of the season as heavy rains pelted the game at the start of the second half.

Ten minutes later, Isaac Oduro received his marching orders but Leopards held on to hand assistant coach, Dennis Kitambi a second victory on the bounce following their 2-0 success on the road over Sony Sugar FC.

Elsewhere, resurgent Ulinzi Stars FC followed up their victory over Tusker FC by claiming a polished 1-0 victory away to Kakakamega Homeboyz FC at Bukhungu Stadium.

The handy win saw the 2010 KPL winners rose to fourth level on 10 points with Leopards but trailing the 12-time champions on Leopards difference.

Champions Gor Mahia FC who host Nzoia Sugar FC on Sunday still lead the chart on 13 points with Mathare who have played a game more remaining second on 11.

Four other games; Kariobangi Sharks FC versus Sofapaka FC; Zoo Kericho FC versus Vihiga United FC and Posta Rangers FC versus Thika United FC all ended in goalless stalemates.

Seven-goal fest

Billed as the biggest game of the day, Ingwe and the Slum Boys did not disappoint, producing a game that will be etched long in memory for those who braved the soaking weather in Machakos to watch the spectacle unfold.

An incident-packed first half produced five goals, with Cliff Nyakeya scoring the opener for Mathare after only eight minutes on the clock.

Leopards hit back in the 19th through Brian Marita who saw his effort bounce off the touchline before the referee correctly awarded it as a goal.

Francis Kimanzi’s Slum Boys reclaimed their lead from the spot in the 30th through Francis Omondi and when Nyakeya notched his brace for 3-1 five minutes later, it appeared the curtains were closing on the Leopards.

However, Ingwe brilliantly fought back and went in for the break still in the game when Duncan Otieno pulled one back in the 38th to round off the scoring in an entertaining first half that saw Mathare forced into a change in the final minute.

David Owino was stretchered off injured and Kimanzi sent on Lennox Ogutu to take his place.

With the floodlights on at Kenyatta as heavy rains brought darkness when the sides resumed play, Ezekiel Odera found the equaliser for Leopards in the 60th when he chested the ball downwards and into the net to set the stage for a grandstand finish.

Nabwire duly provided it when he hammered in a strike from the top drawer to leave Mathare keeper Robert Mboya beaten all ends up to eventually settle the match in what is a contender for goal of the season only six games of the campaign gone.

Ex-Nzoia FC forward, Masita Masuta scored his third goal of the season, his second straight and first away from home to give Ulinzi all the points and the third victory of the season when they sunk Homeboyz in Kakamega.

Nakumatt FC will host Chemelil Sugar FC as Bandari FC takes on Sony at the Mbaraki Sports Complex in Mombasa in other Sunday KPL fixtures.








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