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SPL: Mathare Claw To Second, Leopards Blow Lead

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NAIROBI, Kenya- AFC Leopards SC blew the chance to chalk a first victory under Rodolfo Zapata as Mathare United FC inched up to second in Saturday’s SportPesa Premier League (SPL) action.

Former champions, Sofapaka FC recorded the only victory of the afternoon when they piled on the misery on Zoo Kericho FC in their 2-1 win.

The results left champions Gor Mahia FC (30) still top with Mathare (26) who drew blanks against Bandari FC inching up to second above Ulinzi Stars FC (25) whose game against the titleholders on Sunday was called off.

K’Ogalo will take on visiting English side, Hull City FC on Sunday at the Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani in a high profile international game.

Argentine boss, Zapata who took charge of the 12-time domestic league champions and cup holders Leopards a fortnight ago saw struggling Nakumatt FC snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat when they let a 2-0 half time lead slip at the Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos to settle for a 2-2 draw.

Ingwe remain sixth on 22 points and have themselves to blame for failure to make ground on the leaders as the retailers remained bottom on 11 despite battling to salvage a point.

Former Mathare man, Whyvonne Isuza notched a first half brace to put Zapata’s side in control before their former player, Eugene Wambulwa halved the deficit in the 75th  minute to set up a tense finish.

Slack defending

Leopards were punished for slack defending when Brian Nyakan notched the equaliser in the final six of the 90.

Elsewhere, Mathare settled for a second successive SPL draw following their 1-1 result last time out against Kariobangi Sharks FC in a contest they dominated from the onset.

A glut of missed chances in the first half proved costly in the end as Bandari’s custodian Faruk Shikalo produced a brilliant second half display to secure a point for the visitors.

Sofapaka recovered from a goal down to sink Zoo at the Narok County Stadium in an encounter where 2017 SPL Most Valuable Player (MVP), Mike Madoya, scored his ninth of the season to open the scoring inside the opening quarter of the game.

Humphrey Okoti equalised in the 19th for 1-1 at the break before former league MVP, Stephen Waruru produced the winner in the 81st to take his team’s tally to 24 as Batoto ba Mungu rose to fourth.

Robert ‘The Lion’ Matano will seek his fourth win on the bounce since taking over at Tusker FC when his side play Sharks in the pick of Sunday’s SPL match-ups.

Kakamega Homeboyz FC who lost midweek to Gor welcome Chemelil Sugar FC; Posta Rangers FC have a date with Nzoia Sugar FC, Thika United FC face-off against with Sony Sugar FC with promoted sides, Vihiga United FC and Wazito FC locking horns to round off the action.


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